North East Sunshine Trust Proposes Restarting Uranium Mining Project in Meghalaya

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Shillong: The North East Sunshine Trust (India) has recently submitted a detailed project report (DPR) to the Centre for restarting the Uranium mining project in Meghalaya.

In a letter to Union Minister of State, Department of Atomic Energy Dr Jitendra Singh on February 26, 2024, founder trustee and chairperson of NEST (I) Elizabeth Mathews Nongbri said, “A detailed project report on the restarting Uranium Mining Project in Meghalaya has been prepared by our team.”

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Nongbri said that, “In November 23, during a National Ex-Servicemen Convention at Kurukshetra, I met with Col Pravat Kumar Panda (Retd), Independent Director, Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL). He brought up the subject of restarting the Uranium mining project in Meghalaya. As you are aware GOI surveys indicate vast deposits of Uranium in West Khasi Hills district of Meghalaya. Exploratory efforts to mine this extremely valuable and precious resource seventeen years ago could not progress, due to vested interests stonewalling the efforts by building up adverse public opinion against the venture. UCIL was forced to shut down its office in Shillong. The agreement between the Centre and State of 2009 to permit lease of land in West Khasi Hills for pre-mining activities, was cancelled in 2016. The estimated quantity of the deposits is vast, adding up to enormous commercial value. While other states like Jharkhand have been able to benefit from the much smaller deposits in their area, Meghalaya is sitting on such an enormous quantity of natural resources and is unable to benefit from it.”

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“NEST (I) with its grass roots contacts and expertise available would be in a position to make this a workable proposition. We have the necessary wherewithal in terms of engagement with the local people, ability to convince them of the vast benefit accruing to the region, and the prospects of a vastly improved lifestyle in case of relocation,” she stated.<

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