Regional parties of Meghalaya are opposing uranium mining: Dr Roy

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Mumbai, Aug 28 (UNI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Donkupar Roy today said his state has abundant deposits of uranium and the Government of India would like to explore the same.

Speaking at a function organised by World Trade Centre and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) here, Dr Roy said a few regional parties are opposing the mining on the grounds of health hazard.

''We are trying to convince and assure them that there would not be any health hazard or its care would be taken, then mining could start,'' he said. However he could not give a timeframe for the same.

Dr Roy said the Meghalaya government was of open mind for tourism sector and there would be no problem for acquiring land to start industries.

The Chief Minister said the investment in education and pharma sectors is also welcome in the state, which is the most peaceful among the seven sisters. Moreover, there are no terrorist activities.

The state has enough scope for cement industry and the mineral rich state has good storage of lime.

''We are open for establishing casinos in the state as well as golf courses, as there is abundant land,'' he said.

Dr Roy was on a tour of the financial capital of the country to woo the industrialists to invest in his state. He was accompanied by deputy chief minmister, few ministers and bureaucrats.

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