In a major boost to the quest for deposits of uranium ore in the country, the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has come across another site with a large deposit of the mineral in Rajasthan.

The deposit found at Rohil in Rajasthan’s Sikar district is estimated at 5,185 tonnes, which makes it the fourth largest in the country after Tummalapalle, Chitrial and Peddagattu extension in Andhra Pradesh.

The new site is close to the Rohil North region, which has already been found to have a deposit of about 381 tonnes.

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Atomic Energy Commission Chairman R.K. Sinha said that it was still only an initial find and there was need for more extensive surveys to ascertain the actual width and depth of the field.

The DAE was investing heavily in exploration of uranium and as of June, the Department’s Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research established a total deposit of 1.84 lakh tonnes of the uranium ore resources in different parts of the country.