Uranium enrichment in Meghalaya to be operational soon?

SHILLONG: The Department of Atomic Energy has planned to develop large deposits of uranium in Meghalaya that have the potential to generate substantial nuclear fuel for atomic power plants in the country, the government said today.

In written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Jitendra Singh, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), which looks after the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), said it has already made a plan to develop the mineral resources at Domiasiat under the name of “Kylleng- Phendengsohiong-Mawthabah (KPM) Uranium Mining Project”.

“Uranium mineralization in Meghalaya has been found over a large area around Domiasiat, Wahkyn, Lostoin.

“The project has the potential to generate substantial nuclear fuel for the atomic power plants of the country,” Singh said, adding that a detailed project report (DPR) of the KPM project has been approved by the Atomic Energy Commission.

“Environmental clearance for this project has been obtained from the Ministry of Environment Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) in December 2007. An agreement has also been signed between UCIL and the land owners of the project site in May 2007 for acquisition of land on annual lease rent basis.

“Approval to execute land lease with land owners, grant of mining lease and consent for establishment has been taken up with the Meghalaya state government,” Singh added

At present, the Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) has uranium mining projects in Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh.

In response to another question, the minister said the government has accorded in-principle approval to setting up of six more reactors of 700 MW each in Haryana (2) and Mahi Banswara in Rajasthan (4).

It also plans to add two reactors in Chutka in Madhya Pradesh and two in Kaiga in Karnataka, all of 700 MW each.

(Agencies)

Featured image(courtesy): Shillong Daily

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