Chatra: Jharkhand is home to rich mineral resources. Owing to its natural resources, it is one of the industrial centers of the country. However, some of its districts are still to reap the fruits of industrialisation.

In that context, the news of new findings of coal reserve in one of the villages in Chatra district comes as a new ray of hope for the people in one of the poorest parts of the state.

A coal block was found while digging up a well in Baghmara Village of Moktama Panchayat in Chatra.

The coal deposit has been found on the Raiyati land of Nandkishore Singh who was digging a well under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act (MREGA).

However, it is yet to be confirmed officially. Chatra Deputy Commissioner Manoj Kumar said, “I have not got the information yet. I’ll send the concerned BDO there to get the sample test done by Coal India Limited. There are possibilities of having rich mineral deposits in the region.”

Surveys have confirmed possibility of coal and mineral deposits in the region.

Divisional Forest officer Rajeev Kumar Rai said, “Central Coalfields Limited surveys have shown that a rich coal deposit is here. It was already expected.”

The news of coal reserve found in the village spread like a wild fire and people around the village flocked to witness it.