HYDERABAD: The meeting held to sort out the
differences of opinion between the Uranium Corporation of
India (UCIL) and various NGOs on the risk involved in uranium
mining in Nalgonda district witnessed heated debate, with both
sides unwilling to give the other an inch.
was held at the behest of the UCIL on the proposed
Lambapur-Peddagattu uranium mining plant in Nalgonda district.
Ravi Rebbarpragada of Samata said there was no risk
assessment done as part of the environment impact assessment
(EIA). Though, in some projects risk assessment is not
necessary, this is not the case when it comes to a uranium
mining plant, he said.
A scientist with the Indian
Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), Babu Rao who attended
the meeting as member of Samata, said that there were factual
discrepancies in the EIA prepared for the proposed mining
plant. According to him, there was lack of clarity about the
accumulated water in the open cast mines as the calculations
based on expected rainfall were wrong.
As the NGOs
raised several factual incongruities in the EIA, UCIL managing
direct R Gupta said there was a detailed project report in
which such issues were addressed.
Taking objection his
statement, Sathyalakshmi of the MAUP said that all the
relevant information should have been furnished before the
environmental public hearing. “How can UCIL expect an informed
response, when they are hiding information from the public,”
Gupta said that if the NGOs have
suggestions, they can raise it at the public hearing on August
19. He also asked the the activists to give him in writing the
specific issues so that he can respond to them in detail.