“Iron ore with 47% iron content available in Tiruvannamalai hills”

July 22, 2008 12:00 am | Updated October 09, 2016 12:51 pm IST

Special Correspondent

TIRUVANNAMALAI: Iron ore deposits with 47 per cent iron content is present in the Gowthimalai and Vediappanmalai hills in Tiruvannamalai taluk, and the Tamil Nadu Iron Ore Mining Company (TIMCO) is currently engaged in investigation of the area for the purpose of establishing iron extraction units in the hills, according to the Collector M. Rajendran.

The Collector who inspected the Gowthimalai and Vediappanmalai hills along with forest department and revenue officials on Sunday said that detailed investigation of the iron ore rocks and stones abounding in the hills revealed the presence of 47 per cent iron content in them. An extent of 213 acres of land is required on the two hills for the purpose of extracting iron from the ore.

About two lakh trees are present in the two hills. The TIMCO would have to compensate the Forest Department for the loss of trees if the latter was to give the land for iron extraction.

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