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CM allays fears of environmentalists

YSR to lay stone for the uranium plant today

The plant is to be completed in 36 months

HYDERABAD: Chief Minister Y. S. Rajasekhara Reddy has allayed the fears of environmentalists about radiation and other effects due to the uranium plant to be set up at Tummalapalle of Vemula mandal in Kadapa district.

Precautions

Dr. Reddy in a statement here on Monday said: “This is a project coming up in my own constituency. It is nearer to my home. I am equally or more concerned about it. It will be an underground mining.

“All experts and Uranium Corporation of India (UCIL) have assured that there will be no radiation effect around the mine.”

He further said that the uranium waste also would not pose any danger to the environment and all precautions were being taken. The UCIL was also taking care of the health and welfare of the villagers.

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy will be laying the foundation stone for the uranium mining and processing plant on Tuesday.

Jobs for 1,000

Union Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office Prithvi Raj Chavan and others would participate in the programme.

The uranium plant, with a production capacity of 3,000 tonnes a day, would be ready in 36 months.

It would create a direct employment would be provided to 1,000 people.

Land acquisition

The UCIL has acquired 1,122 acres of government land and 1,118 acres of private land in Tummalapalle, Rachakundapalle, KK Kottaland, and Mabbuchintalapalle villages in Pulivendula constituency. It has paid a compensation of Rs. 50,000 per acre for government land, Rs. 1.8 lakh an acre for private wet land and Rs. 1.2 lakh for private dry land.