(Last Updated on : 25/07/2013)
Copper ore deposits are found in several places of India. Copper is considered as the most important metal used in the country next to iron. Copper is used broadly in the manufacture of electrical machinery, cables and wires as it is a good conductor of electricity. This metal is also used for making brass and other similar alloys, coins and utensils. Defence as well automobile industries too use a huge quantity of copper and its alloys. However, it is the electrical industry that consumes an appreciable bulk of the total amount of copper produced in the world.
In India, copper ore belts are found in several regions. Like for instance, copper ore belt is situated in Singhbhum district of Jharkhand
and is being mined for copper ore. Rakha and Mosabani areas are the major mining areas. Further, in the Himalayan mountain ranges, rich deposits of copper ore are found. It is basically found near Rangpo in Sikkim
and in Garhwal
of Uttar Pradesh
. However, even if the deposits of copper ore are found in some areas in huge quantity, they are not exploited in some areas because of poor transportation means and non-availability of electricity.
Promising deposit of copper ore occurs near Khetri town located near the Aravalli Mountain Ranges
. It is a huge copper ore belt in the country with a heavy reserve. Other copper ore belts are found at Agnigundala in Guntur district, at Dariba in Alwar District
, at Chitradurga, Kalyadi and Thinthini in Karnataka
and at Dikchu in Sikkim. Further, with the opening of new mines, the production of copper ore has increased tremendously in the recent times. Few more areas in India where copper ore are found include Sirohi
, Chandrapur district
, Chitorgarh district and also in Phek district of Nagaland
. Of the total production of copper ore in India, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh account for a major output.
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