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KHADC to examine demand for independent probe on radiation leakage

KHADC to examine demand for independent probe on radiation leakage
Khasi Students’ Union’s South West Khasi Hills district unit found that cracks were visible on four tanks.
Correspondent Shillong, Oct 28 | Publish Date: 10/28/2020 1:09:49 PM IST

The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) on Wednesday has decided to examine the demand for instituting an independent inquiry into the alleged leakage of  radiation from concrete uranium effluent tanks in South West Khasi Hills district bordering  Bangladesh.

“The EC (Executive Committee) will examine and if need be to arrange for an independent inquiry by experts, we will do the needful,” KHADC Chief Executive Member, Titosstarwell Chyne said in his reply to a zero hour notice moved by opposition Congress MDC Fantin Lakadong.

Furthermore, he also informed that a committee consisting of members from different political parties will be constituted for conducting an on the spot inspection to the sites where the uranium tanks are located in Nongbah Jynrin.

While informing that the Meghalaya government has taken necessary steps to appoint an expert agency to probe into the matter, the Chief Executive Member said that the Council felt that there is need to wait for the expert report. 

Chyne also assured the House that the present EC under his leadership is also firm on its stand that No-objection certificate (NOC) will be issued for mining of uranium under the council’s jurisdiction.

The Meghalaya government had asked experts from IIT Guwahati and North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) to probe into the alleged leakage of radiation from the effluent uranium concrete tank.

However, the Khasi Students' Union, which has been opposing the proposed Uranium mining in the State, has rejected the inquiry to be carried out by IIT Guwahati and North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) saying both the institutes appeared to them as “dependent agencies” and not “independent agencies “.

London-based environmental economist Bremley Wanbantei B Lyngdoh, who had visited Nongbah Jynrin recently, claimed that there is a leakage of radiation.

“The radiation ‘counts per minute’ (CPM) in the area was 315, which is very high and detrimental for any form of life,” he said.

Meghalaya has an estimated 9.22 million tonnes of high-grade uranium ore deposits. 


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