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Lithium Reserve Found in Mandya near Bengaluru

Why in news?

  • Reserves of lithium, a rare metal critical to build batteries for electric vehicles, have been discovered in Mandya, 100 km from Bengaluru – a find that should boost local manufacturing of EV batteries.


  • Researchers at the Atomic Minerals Directorate, a unit of India’s Atomic Energy Commission, have estimated lithium reserves of 14,100 tonnes in a small patch of land surveyed in the Southern Karnataka district
  • 14,100 tonnes is still very little compared to many major producers.
  • So far, in the absence of local mines for lithium, India has set up Khanij Bidesh India to source and acquire mines in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
  • India currently imports all its lithium needs.


Top producers

  Rank         Country/Region Lithium production (tonnes)
1 Australia 51,000
2 Chile         16,000
3 China 8,000
4  Argentina 6,200
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