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Public consensus must before uranium mining: Meghalaya CM

Virtually ruling out the possibility of uranium mining in the state without a public consensus Meghalaya CM Mukul Sangma underscored the need for including all stakeholders to allay apprehensions of health & environment hazards.



Shillong: Virtually ruling out the
possibility of uranium mining in the state without a public
consensus, Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma today
underscored the need for including all stakeholders to allay
the apprehensions of health and environment hazards.

Briefing reporters about his meeting with Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh last Wednesday, Sangma advocated "a
new approach which includes total engagement of all sections
of people including civil societies, NGOs, through
discussions, seminars, workshops and involving experts to find
out if there is a solution to the apprehensions pertaining to
health and environment issues."

Sangma said he impressed upon Singh that it was
necessary for evolving a consensus before commencing the
proposed mining project.

"The PM assured that necessary instructions will be
given to the relevant ministries to support the approach of
building a consensus on the issue," Sangma said.

"We have to address the concerns before going ahead
with the project. We have to find out the answers to the
apprehensions," the chief minister said, ruing that despite
reports of various committees and house panel, a public
consensus has not yet been arrived.

Meghalaya`s uranium ore deposit is estimated to meet
up to 16 per cent of the country`s total demand.

PTI

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