This letter is in reference to a report titled, “Bangladesh discovers first magnetite iron mine in Dinajpur”, published in this newspaper recently. The report stated that, for the first time in Bangladesh, a magnetite iron mine has been discovered by the Geological Survey of Bangladesh (GSB) at Isabpur village in Hakimpur upazila of the Dinajpur district, bringing new hope for the country’s economy.
The GSB made the ground-breaking announcement following extensive examinations after drilling a well for two months and it is a matter of national pride and prestige. The work done by the team of GSB is commendable as they have unveiled such a discovery with their limited technology without any aid from foreign experts.
The GSB informed that a 400-foot thick iron layer was found 1,750 feet beneath the surface and it stretches over an area of 6-10 square kilometres. Apart from the presence of gold, there are copper, nickel and chromium in the layer.
The discovery made by the GSB team has certainly saved a huge amount of foreign currency as no foreign aid was required. The team has proved themselves to be efficient in the past for other mine discoveries in several parts of Bangladesh. The government should encourage them to continue their initiative drives through financial reward and technological support, so that they can keep doing their job with such excellence.
Md Zillur Rahaman, By email