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Anti-uranium protests intensified in M’laya
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 17:
Published on 17 Oct. 2009 11:25 PM IST
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Peeved over the Meghalaya government’s indecision on the demand to scrap pre-developmental projects in uranium belts of the state, the Khasi Students’ Union (KSU) today decided to intensified its night road blockade in Meghalaya from October 20 next week. The students’ body, spearheading the anti-uranium mining said that the night road blockade would commence from October 20 at 2000 hours till 0500 hours of the next day and will continue with similar timing on October 21 and 22. “We will intensify our agitation until the state government consider our demand and revoke the leasing of 422 hectares of land to the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) for 30 years,” KSU Supremo, Samuel B Jyrwa said. The just concluded two-night KSU-sponsored road blockade turned violent with government vehicles being primary targets. As many as six vehicles were set ablaze by suspected KSU activists. The government, however, stuck to its gun and made it clear that it would not come under any pressure to change its decision. Chief Minister DD Lapang has directed the state police to take precautionary measures to prevent outbreak of law and order in the state in view of the road blockade. On August 24, the cabinet had approved to lease out 422 hectares of land for 30 years to UCIL) to undertake pre-developmental projects in proposed mining uranium areas of West Khasi Hills district. The UCIL would invest Rs 1,000 crore to undertake pre-developmental project activities to build schools, hospitals, roads and other infrastructure. Initially, the government-owned mining company would invest Rs 209 crore for these projects.

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