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Kakodkar to hold talks on uranium mining in Meghalaya
August 22, 2008 18:21 IST
Besides Kakodkar, Cabinet Secretary K M Chandrashekhar will also hold parleys with NGOs, including the Khasi Students Union, Federation of Khasi, Jaintia and Garo People, and seek their cooperation for an early start of the Rs 1000-crore project, official sources said.
Kakokdar will also meet Governor R S Mooshahary and the All Party Committee on Uranium Mining.
In the past one and a half decades since the exploratory survey, done by Atomic Energy Department, confirmed high quality uranium deposits in West Khasi Hills region in Meghalaya, uncertainty still prevails over its mining.
The proposal has come under attack from various tribal organisations, NGOs and the influential Khasi Students Union, besides two parties of the ruling coalition--The Hill State People's Democratic Party (HSPDP) and Khun Hynniewtrep National Awakening Movement (KHNAM)--from day one.
According to estimates, Meghalaya's uranium can meet up to 16 per cent of the country's demand. The Centre also plans to set up a nuclear power plant in Meghalaya at a time when all existing nuclear power plants in the country continue to run on low plant load factor of 50 per cent or below due to shortage of uranium.
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