SHILLONG: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council on Tuesday re-affirmed its stance on uranium mining in the state stating that the central and state government cannot force its way into uranium mining.
“KHADC will not issue any NOC in relation to the subject matter,” KHADC CEM PN Syiem said adding that the government’s intentions to squeeze its way into the rich uranium deposit area of West Khasi Hills, through developmental works are well understood by the people.
Syiem made this statement while reacting to a resolution moved by Sohryngkham MDC Pyniaid Sing Syiem on the need of the EC to ban all intentions to mine uranium mining within the jurisdiction of the KHADC, during the second day of the summer session of the KHADC here on Tuesday.
It may be mentioned that the council has not issued any NOC to any agency, government department etc, for mining of uranium.
On the other hand, the Executive Member (EM) in-charge Land & Market Hadrian Lyngdoh said that it is a known fact that mining of uranium will affect the health of the people of West Khasi Hills.
Terming the availability of uranium in this area as a ‘curse’ for the people, Lyngdoh said the central and state government has for the past many years tried ways and means to mine the mineral from this area, through various developmental schemes, but the same suffered many blows with oppositions being raised by the people, social organisations and the district council.
Reacting to the proposed Nongstoin-Mawthabah road, Lyngdoh told the house that the delay in the issuance of NOC will be examined and the Executive Committee (EC) has constituted a committee to examine the matter before arriving at any decision as there is conflicting views on the project with some supporting , while others opposing the project.