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KHADC for uranium mining in Meghalaya

Written by: Staff
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Shillong, Mar 2 (UNI) The proposed uranium mining at Mawthabah in West Khasi Hills, still under cloud following protests from various local organisations, has received a shot in the arm with the chief of an autonomous council showing interest in it.

Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council's(KHADC) Chief Executive Member H S Shylla yesterday urged the people not to protest against uranium mining.

Terming as ''unjustified'' people's apprehension about possible health hazards caused by radiation, Mr Shylla said since Meghalaya has such a precious mineral like uranium, ''we should allow mining instead of being led by unjustified fears.'' He urged the people to consider the interest of the country and be proud of ''our contribution to nuclear strength''.

On the proposed road from Wahkaji to Mawthabah, he said it would benefit local villagers and informed that the Centre has already sanctioned Rs 19 crore for the project.

The road has already been sanctioned to the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), which entered into an agreement with the KHADC for execution of the project.

Mr Shylla said irrespective of whether uranium mining was allowed or not, the UCIL agreed to sanction the construction of the proposed road.

UNI PRS SP PL RN 1544

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