Lithium

Lithium is an alkali metal which holds commercial value because of its use in lithium ion batteries that power everything ranging from electric vehicles to laptops and mobile phones. Recently, the Department of Atomic Energy reported the presence of 1,600 tonnes of lithium deposits in Marlagalla-Allapatna region of Mandya district in Karnataka. According to these preliminary survey results, the deposit is in igneous rocks. Currently, India is completely dependent on imports for its lithium needs.