MP opposes uranium miningPublished by MAC on 2007-06-06
MP opposes uranium mining
6th June 2007
SHILLONG, JUNE 5: Simmering discontent over the proposed uranium mining in the state has refused to die even as Meghalaya Rajya Sabha MP Robert Kharshiing mooted the idea of involving MPs cutting across party lines to oppose uranium mining in tribal areas.
The chief whip of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) in Rajya Sabha also said that he would take up the matter with CPM, Congress MPs from Andhra Pradesh to oppose Uranium mining in any tribal areas of the country.
Meanwhile, the Khasi Students' Union (KSU) today gave a fresh call for a four-day road blockade as second phase of agitation starting Wednesday after two days of office picketing. Security has been tightened ahead of the KSU blockade in Meghalaya opposing the proposed public hearing on uranium mining.
The hearing called by the Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board is scheduled to be held on June 12 at Nongbah Jynrin near the proposed mining site at Kylleng-Pyndengsohiong Uranium ore and processing plant at Mawthabah.
"The district administration has been instructed to maintain law and order and to clear highways for movement of vehicles to Mizoram and Tripura," chief minister D D Lapang said.
"The KSU leaders should withdraw their agitations as it will pay no dividends to them," he added.