The Geological Survey of India has struck huge reserves of quality coal in at least two places in West Tripura and Dhalai districts, official sources said today.
The sources said that a team of GSI scientists, headed by Director (Tripura Centre), T Rajkumar, conducted surveys in the two districts and found huge reserves of anthracite coal, considered as black gold.
Places where coals were found are Tulashikhar revenue block in West Tripura district, bordering Bangladesh and Dalucherra in Dhalai district.
The samples have been sent to Delhi for further ‘intensity’ test and the formal announcement would be made there, the sources said.
Since the tribals in the areas had been extracting coal and bitumen, a common binder in road construction, for a long time and selling them to local brick kilns, the sources said, there was a possibility of finding more coal reserves in the two districts.