India looks to offshore resources to satisfy mineral sand and rare earth demand

By Shruti Salwan
Published: Friday, 25 September 2015

A shortage of minerals essential in infrastructure development has led India’s government to investigate offshore mineral deposits. 80 blocks have already been targeted in the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal.

The Indian government will be allotting 80 blocks for the exploration and extraction of mineral sands and rare earth minerals off the country’s eastern and western coasts, as its southern states face shortages of minerals required by the construction industry.

Operations in the coastal belts of the Arabian Sea...

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