CM to lay foundation stone for Uranium plant in Kadapa dt

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Hyderabad, Nov 19 (UNI) Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy will lay foundation stone for the Rs 1,106.25 crore uranium mining and processing plant, with a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes a day, at Tummalapalle in Kadapa district tomorrow.

The plant will be operational in three years, an official release said here.

Underground mining would be carried out in the new plant, unlike the open cast mining plant at Jaduguda in Jharkhand.

Allaying fears of radiation raised by environmentalists, the Chief Minister said the Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) had ruled out any radiation effects within the vicinity of the plant.

''We got assurances that uranium waste will not pose any threat to the environment and all precautions are being taken in this regard.'' The UCIL acquired 1,122 acres of government land and 1,118 acres from private parties to set up the project.

UNI

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