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UCIL under fire

Published by MAC on 2005-03-03

UCIL under fire

The Hindu

March 03, 2005

Andhra Pradesh - Surendra Gadekar and Sanghamitra of Sampurna Kranti Vidyalaya, Gujarat, visited the UCIL mining site at Peddagattu on Wednesday. Speaking to The Hindu on their return from the area, the couple took exception to the UCIL's move to take up the project without going for a health study.

``The UCIL is in the habit of arguing that there is no health hazard due to the project. If we complete a health survey before establishing the plant, it will help us to make a comparison at a later stage,'' they said expressing their opposition to the mining of uranium.

Dr. Surendra, who did a survey on the radiation levels at Jaduguda, alleged that the UCIL was least bothered about locals, its employees and officers. They couple found fault with the Atomic Energy Commission's "desperate attempt'' to extract uranium from all available sources. Activists of Movement Against Uranium Project -- Kishan Rao and Ambika -- accompanied the couple.

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