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Mining sparks health concern

Jamshedpur, Nov. 27: Till recently, Jadugoda was considered to have radiation effects on its water and atmosphere. Now the densely populated Jugsalai and Bagbera localities of the steel city will also show the same effect.

This observation was made by activists of Nuclear Power Plan & Khanan Virodhi Manch (NPP&KVM), a social body trying to protect people from falling victim to the radiation hazards.

Convener of the organisation Vijay Pius said the government is not transparent in its policy on nuclear activities. The NPP&KVM is organising a seminar for creating awareness among the people likely to be affected by the proposed extension of Uranium Corporation of India Limited (Ucil)’s uranium mining activities at Turamdih, Bandhuhodang and Mahuldia, eight km away from the steel city. The seminar will be held at Lal Bahadur Shastri Memorial College, Karandih. Professor Saumitra Banerjee of IIT, Kharagpur (nuclear department) and Digambar Hansda would attend the event.

“Let the government make an atom bomb or set up nuclear power plant, but these projects should be pursued in a transparent way. The people residing in the peripheral area of the mines area must know about perennial diseases they may suffer from when mining activities begin at Mahuldiha, just eight km away from the steel city,” he said.

Another NPP&KVM activist, Demka Soy, alleged that the Ucil management had not properly drawn up the environment assessment plan before bringing the Bandhuhodang and Mahuldia area under the fold of uranium mining activities. He alleged that the government and Ucil management are not serious about the tribals’ apprehension about fatal diseases.

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