Scientists have found the existence of huge aquatic resources including uranium, thorium, and clay in the Bay of Bengal.
According to Ministry of Power, Energy and Mineral Resources, uranium and thorium were found in the deep sea while clay in shallow waters.
Clay is one of the important raw materials used for producing cement.
Besides, mineral sands have been identified in 13 spots in the seabed enriched with ilmenite, garnet, sillimanite, zircon, rutile and magnetite.
Many think that the Bay of Bengal is a blessing for Bangladesh. A few years back, the country got a positive verdict handed down by an international tribunal over its maritime dispute with Myanmar. It got right over the resources in the territorial sea, EEZ and continental shelf. The country can go for commercial exploitation of such resources.
The latest development has pushed the country’s pursuit of the blue economy one step ahead.