Radiation leakage: Ready to appoint other ‘parties’ if reports are conflicting

SHILLONG, Nov 5: Chief Minister, Conrad Sangma today said that the government will be looking for other options if there are conflicts in the reports of North Eastern Hills University (NEHU) and IIT Guwahati which were entrusted with the task to study reports of leakage from a concrete tank allegedly containing radioactive Uranium waste at Nongbah-Jynrin, South West Khasi Hills.

Speaking to reporters Sangma said, “If we see some kind of conflicts in the reports then we can take a decision for (appointing) another party. But it will not be appropriate for me to say one two or three or four (parties). But as said we would ensure that we take all possible steps to make sure that our people are safe,” Sangma said.

When pointed out that certain groups are opposing the selection of North Eastern Hill University and IIT Guwahati as agencies to inquire into the alleged leakage of radiation, the Chief Minister said that both the institutes are independent bodies.

“What we are looking at is agencies that can quickly implement things. Now in the situation that we are facing there is a lot of challenges of people travelling and coming in so it is easier for us to move things faster with NEHU and IIT,” he said.

He pointed out that now because of the situation that is there overall in the country it is not possible for to move freely.

“So therefore we went for what would be quickly available so we decided to go with an independent body which was within Shillong itself, which was NEHU then we went one step forward we said let’s go with IIT Guwahati,” Sangma reiterated.  

Sangma said that his government will do whatever it takes to ensure that the facts are unravelled.

“So NEHU is doing it, let them submit the report and IIT is doing it let them submit the report and then third party will be coming in. So the process will continue and we want to double ensure that people are safe,” the Chief Minister said.

Sangma also said that NEHU has been given “few weeks” to study while the government has not got the feedback from IIT yet but I am sure they will reply soon.