SHILLONG | May 19, 2019:
The KSU South West Khasi Hills in a statement issued today said the uranium packets which was seized at Moreh in Manipur has raised questions about uranium exploration in Meghalaya.
“We strongly suspect that the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) and the Atomic Mineral Departemnt (AMD) are illegal transporting uranium which are being explored in the State,” KSU SWKH president, Forward Nongrem stated in the statement.
Referring to the news report in the media, he said that the uranium explosives packet which was seized in Manipur had inscriptions “Explosive No. 337/99% Proven 425. Volt 2014”, “Govt. use only not for sale powder 99 percentrened”, of Department of Atomic Mineral (AMD), Director of Atomic Explosion Research Centre North East Region, Shillong.
“We are not surprised by this seizure since only last year the AMD and UCIL has outsourced to a private company to explore the uranium deposits at Mawthabah, South West Khasi Hills,” Nongrem said.
He recalled that the Cabinet in 2016 had decided to scrap the Cabinet decision in 2009 to hand over 422 hectares of land to the UCIL to initiate the pre-developmental projects for facilitating uranium mining in the State. The KSU SWKH president urged the people not to fall to the false propaganda of the UCIL, whose main intention was to explore the uranium mining in the State.
“We would like to urge upon the KHADC not to restrict their opposition to the proposed uranium mining only within the State. The Council should also raise their voice even upto the Central Government that they are against uranium mining,” he said. Nongrem also urged upon the State Government and the KHADC that they should write to the Ministry of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change that it should scrap the Environmental Clearance to the Open Cast Mining at Domiasiat and Mawthabah given in 2007.
It may be mentioned that officials from the Atomic Mineral Directorate for Exploration and Research (NER), Shillong had left for Manipur after the recovery of possible uranium explosives at Moreh in Manipur along the Indo-Myanmar. Security was put on high alert after the package wrapped in black plastic was found outside a house in Moreh.
The owner of the house alerted the police, who then took away the package to an open ground away from the residential area.
Officials of AMD had said that the address inscribed on the container recovered in Manipur is fake as the address was mentioned Atomic Mineral Directorate for Exploration and Research (NER) Shillong while the UCIL had closed its office in Meghalaya since August, 2018.