Two small holes found in one of the tank appeared to be intentionally dug: Conrad

Shillong, Mar 12: Chief Minister Conrad Sangma today informed that the report of the study conducted on rivulet Phud Syngkai which is 100 feet away from Nongbah Jynrin Village, SWKH will be submitted to the public shortly.

The rivulet had reported a higher radiation compared to the source and a separate study on rocks and sediments of the stream is being conducted.

“A joint team of officials consisting of Geologists and representatives of NEHU visited the site on February 22nd, 2021 and samples were collected,” he said.

The Chief Minister was replying to a Short Duration Discussion on the subject “NEHU report on uranium leakage under scrutinty” tabled by East Shillong MLA Dr. Ampareen Lyngdoh.

He informed that immediately after news circulated on social media on 21st September 2020, saying that explosion had occurred at repository site at Nongbah Jynrin, Wahkaji, the SP South West Khasi Hills sent a police team to the site to ascertain the facts, and it was reported that there was no such explosion.

He stated that the team found two small holes in one of the tank which appeared to be intentionally dug.

Conrad stated that the Atomic Minerals Directorate (AMD) for Exploration and Research North Eastern Region submitted inspection report and found no leakage of Uranium ore in repository tanks.

“AMD for Exploration and Research North Eastern Region in its report dated October 16th, 2020 stated that background radiation level in the area around Nongbah Jynrin Village including the sites of repository tanks and mining pits is comparable with reported values on Indian and Global background radiation levels,” he said.

He also informed that the government requested IIT Guwahati to assist in the form of a third party investigation, formal confirmation of which is awaited.

On November 10th, 2020, a team from NEHU under Professor B Myrboh visited the site and reported that radiation level is within safety level, he added.

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