If not sure, uranium mining will be opposed: minister
SHILLONG, July 14: Cabinet Minister and Mawkyrwat MP Renikton L Tongkhar reiterated that opposition to any uranium mining in the state will continue until it is validated that it does not there will be no impact on the health of the population.
Speaking to the media, Tongkhar said the HSPDP is against uranium mining and any government must clarify and satisfy stakeholders that the activity will not affect people’s health.
“We cannot compromise on the health of the population and until we are convinced that uranium mining will not affect the general health of the population, until then we will continue to oppose any uranium mining, “said the minister
It can be mentioned that several attempts have been made by the central government to extract uranium in the Meghalaya, but such proposals have always met with strong opposition.
Last year, leaks from concrete uranium effluent tanks and high radiation level were reported in the village of Nongbah Jynrin in southwest Khasi Hills, after which the state government requested NEHU and IIT-Guwahati to conduct separate studies on the site.
NEHU has since submitted its report to the government, but it is not known whether or not IIT-Guwahati conducted the study in the region.
The NEHU expert committee report found that radiation levels at the source and neighboring villages / dwellings were within safe limits.
In 2017, the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) temporarily closed its operations in Meghalaya as the government-owned mining company did not receive a mining lease or legal clearance from the state government.
UCIL had even proposed to install an open-pit uranium mining and processing plant in Mawthabah.
Meghalaya has around 9.22 million tonnes of uranium ore deposits, making it the third richest uranium state in the country.