CBI to submit reports on misuse of UCIL fund

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Shillong, Dec 30 (UNI) The CBI will soon submit an interim report into the alleged embezzlement of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) funds in the proposed Uranium mining area in Meghalaya.

The UCIL had sanctioned Rs 20 crore to Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) to facilitate purchase of land for construction of 20-km-long road connecting Wahkahi and Mawthabah.

The proposed road will facilitate the proposed Kylleng-Pyndeng-Sohiong uranium project in state's West Khasi Hills district.

''Our investigation is yet not over, we deicide to submit an interim report to our headquarters in Delhi,'' a CBI official told UNI here today.

The CBI took the initiative to probe into the matter after the Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM), an ally of the ruling Congress-led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance government charged KHADC Chief Executive Member H S Shylla had accepted Rs 20 crore for giving his approval for construction of road from Wahkaji to Mawthabah.

KHNAM General Secretary Erwin Syiem Sutnga had alleged that Mr Shylla had not credited the amount received from UCIL to the District Fund as required under Para 7 of the Sixth Schedule but opened a joint account of KHADC and UCIL at Axis Bank.

The UCIL was facing a stiff opposition from the local population and NGOs on mining of uranium fearing radiation.

So far, the state government had kept the project in abeyance following the protests.

The government-owned mining company proposed to develop an open cast mining at Kylleng-Pyndeng-Sohiong uranium ore and processing plant at Mawthabah.

The Rs 300 crore project in 1992 had been revised to Rs 814 crore at present and was strongly opposed by the anti-mining groups, including the HSPDP and KHNAM, allies of the Congress-led government in the state.

The Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD) had found uranium oxide reserves estimating 9,500 tonne in the state.

The sandstone type uranium deposits in Meghalaya were the largest, richest, near-surface and low-cost discovered in India so far, UCIL officials claimed.


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