- Social organizations and local people of West Khasi Hills district have complained
- Meghalaya has the third largest uranium reserves in the country
- Department of Atomic Energy prepares for large-scale uranium excavation
Meghalaya GovernmentSu Has decided to investigate the news of leakage of uranium from the liquid waste tank. Heads of several NGOs, civil society groups, gram panchayats Uranium Radio Active Rays from West Storage Tank in West Khasi Hills DistrictHad complained of emission. Meghalaya Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tinsong said on Saturday that a panel of experts will investigate such complaints coming from Khasi Hill district continuously.
Tinsong said that a high-level review meeting took place on Friday, in which it was decided to conduct an investigation by the expert group to investigate the news of radiation emissions from Domiasiat area of West Khasi Hills. State Chief Secretary MS Rao has been given the responsibility to constitute the panel. Sangma had assured that experts and government agencies have investigated the concrete tanks. He has been assured that there is no leakage of Radio Active Radiation from the tanks.
Local people had claimed the crack
Locals say that large cracks are visible in four uranium waste storage tanks and two other reservoirs in the Domiasiat-Nongbah-Jirin area, causing dangerous chemicals to spread in the atmosphere. These storage tanks were built here a few decades ago during the uranium excavation.
The country’s third largest store in Meghalaya
Meghalaya is the third largest reserves of uranium in the country after Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand. According to estimates, there is 922 million tonnes of uranium reserves. Officials say that the area is often excavated for uranium excavation and such tanks are built for the storage of waste during this period. The Department of Atomic Energy is preparing to launch a major campaign for uranium mining from Meghalaya. But the local people are strongly opposing it.