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Meghalaya says no to UCIL’s fresh move to extract uranium

“UCIL has floated the tender notice without knowledge of the state government, which is not a correct approach. Therefore, we have asked UCIL to keep the EOI in abeyance," said Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma

Written by Samudra Gupta Kashyap | Guwahati | Published: July 28, 2016 4:44 am
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Meghalaya has objected to a fresh attempt by Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) to extract uranium from its Kylleng-Pendengsohiong Mawtahbah (KPM) project in south- west Khasi Hills district, with Chief Minister Mukul Sangma terming it a sensitive law and order issue.

Over the last few weeks, protests have been building up in the state following a tender notice in some newspapers where UCIL invited Expression of Interest from competent parties to provide consultancy services to help open the project that has remained stuck for years.

“UCIL has floated the tender notice without knowledge of the state government, which is not a correct approach. Therefore, we have asked UCIL to keep the EOI in abeyance. And, if they (UCIL) are doing it, they are doing it at their own risk,” Sangma said in Shillong last week after meeting groups opposing uranium mining.

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