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UCIL not to abandon uranium project
Published on 9 Nov. 2010 11:01 PM IST
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The Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) Tuesday said that there is no plan to abandon the 1,100 crore uranium mining project in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills district in view of stiff-opposition from various stake-holders.
“We are eager to start the Kylleng Pyndengsohiong Mawthabah project in Meghalaya uranium mining project in Meghalaya. There is no question of giving it up and we will never give up this project,” S.K. Malhotra, head of Public Awareness Division of the Department of Atomic Energy told journalists.
He added that only a small number of people from urban areas (Shillong) of Meghalaya were opposing the project, while the local populace from the proposed mining areas wanted the UCIL to start the mining project. Malhotra, who is leading the team of UCIL officials and Atomic Mineral Division, briefed chief minister Mukul Sangma, cabinet ministers and legislators on the long-pending uranium mining project in the state.
Meanwhile, chief minister Mukul Sangma said that the team should be more comprehensive for the benefit of a common man to understand the benefit of the project.
The UCIL proposed to set up an open-cast uranium mining and processing plant in Meghalaya. The state is estimated to have 9.22 million tonnes of uranium ore deposits.

It has also plans to produce 375,000 tonnes of uranium ore a year and process 1,500 tonnes a day.
The union ministry of environment and forests had given clearance to UCIL to start mining in the state, triggering strong protests from parties and NGOs.

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