SHILLONG, Feb 28: The rivers of Meghalaya re not being polluted by uranium according to a high official of the Atomic Minerals Department (AMD) who stated that the water in these rivers have been found to contain a very small concentration of the radioactive material.
“Uranium if you see particularly in Meghalaya’s water it is just less than 1 part per billion (ppb) which is far below the permissible limit,” said the regional director of NE Region, Shillong AMD, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) Government of India, Sandeep Hamilton on Tuesday.
“It (uranium) has nothing to do with the dying of fish and changing of the water colour of rivers,” Hamilton said at the sidelines of a Regional Innovators Conclave held in city here on Tuesday.
He was referring to a recent media reports highlighting the allegations leveled by certain pressure groups that the sudden death of fishes and abnormal change in the colour of Ranikor River was due to uranium drilling activities.
The KSU from the area has also demanded the state government to direct the AMD to fill up all the pits, which were left uncovered after exploratory drilling of uranium in West Khasi Hills.
The AMD senior official also informed that uranium content in water is below the detection level and they have done this in a lot of rivers which professors from the NEHU are also privy to.
“The Meghalaya State Pollution Control Board (MSPCB) has also come up with a report on this in which it was found that it is because of coal mining as sulphur is harmful for the fish,” he said.
Asked, he said that if coal mining in the state is done in a better and more scientific way, probably this problem can be solved.