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In a first such exercise, authorities in India are looking for uranium reserves just three kilometres from the India-China border in Arunachal Pradesh, reported The Times Of India citing a top official.

“We have got the required encouragement from the Centre and have taken up the exploration. There was no possibility to do heliborne exploration because of the hills. But we walked all the way up the hills to begin the exploration,” DK Sinha, Director, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research (AMD) said during a seminar organised by the Indian Nuclear Society on Monday.

The top scientist said he went to the farthest village in the Indian side of the border, Mechuka valley. He added that exploration for uranium had yielded positive results and further activity would continue, which would also result in mining.

The exploration was taken up in Aalo of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, about 619 meters from ground level.

The report further stated that efforts are also being made for uranium exploration in Himachal Pradesh, while locals in Manipur have also given their nod for exploration. Work is also going in Assam, Nagaland, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.

Uranium, which is considered as clean energy is used for producing nuclear energy. Exploration for uranium has been taken up in several parts of the country.