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A delegation of leaders from the Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) under the leadership of the Deputy Chief Executive Member (Dy. CEM), Gigur Myrthong on Wednesday, visited the uranium site at Nongbah Jynrin in South West Khasi Hills to probe the alleged leakages of the tanks containing uranium effluents.
Myrthong visited the area along with a team of MDCs consisting of Mawphlang-Diengiei MDC Lamphrang Blah, Mawkyrwat MDC Carnes Sohshang, former KHADC CEM Bindo M. Lanong, village headmen and leaders of the area.
During the inspection, the KHADC delegation found that there was indeed a leakage of the Uranium waste storage tanks at Nongbah Jynrin village.
"The intention is to conduct a spot inspection; to examine whether there is a leakage or not," Myrthong said.
He said that the delegation will take this matter up in the Council and will also send a report to the Government to take action to come up with a solution.
Expressing concerns over lack of fencing and proper containment of the uranium storage tanks, the former KHADC CEM Bindo M Lanong said, "We have to table this matter in the EC (Executive Committee) of the house and we’ll also send a report to the government, Automic Mineral Division (AMD) and Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL), to reassure the safety of the people living in the area."