Uranium Mines in Upper Mustang

The ground radiometric survey was carried out recently in the remote Himalayan region by a team from the department of mines and geology.

“We have found large amount of radioactive material in the rocks of that region, thus confirming the presence of uranium deposit,” Director General of the department Sarabjeet Prasad Mahato told the Himal weekly.

 Though the quality of the uranium is yet to be ascertained, preliminary research suggests that the deposit spread over an area of 10km in length and 3km in width could be of medium grade. This is not the first time uranium deposits have been found in Nepal. The department had earlier found such deposits in Makwanpur district close to the capital Kathmandu. “But the deposit in Upper Mustang appears to be larger and of better quality,” Deputy DG Hifzur Rahman told the magazine.