KHADC resolves to cancel NOC, scrap MoU with UCIL

Written by Meghalaya Times. Posted in Front Page

Staff Reporter
SHILLONG, Feb 22: The Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council (KHADC) has resolved to scrap the 2006 MoU signed with UCIL and cancel the NOC for proposed extraction of uranium ore at Kylleng-Pyndengsohiong Mawthabah.
The Council has also resolved to constitute an independent inquiry pertaining to all aspects of the construction of the Wahkaji – Mawthabah road undertaken by the KHADC.
The official resolution on this was moved by the KHADC chief Pynshngain N Syiem during the last day of the Council’s budget session on Wednesday, after there was huge protest registered by the members of the House.

“We have resolved to scrap the MoU signed with Uranium Corporation of India Limited (UCIL) on January 12, 2006 and cancel the NOC issued on February 14, 2007 for proposed extraction of Uranium ore,” Syiem said.
“It is also resolved that any matter related to uranium cannot be done by the Executive Committee without the prior approval of the House,” he added.
Earlier, Independent MDC from Sohryngkham Pyniaid Sing Syiem suggested the need for the EC to also send the resolution adopted by the House to the President of India and Ministry concerned such that Meghalaya is exempted from any such project.
However in his reply, the KHADC chief said that the idea would not be proper as the Council would not want to open the gate for uranium mining because before deciding to write any such letter, various Court rulings have to be referred to.
“We also need to have proper consultation with legal experts and also political leaders on the matter,” he said.
With regards to the trading license to the Maheshwari company, Syiem said that the Executive Committee will have to study the matter since it is still pending with the Court.


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