Ranchi: State-owned Uranium Corporation of India Limited on Thursday told the Jharkhand High Court that the UCIL’s mining area at Jaduguda is safe even as the court asked details of safety measures being taken by it.
The Corporation made the submission after the court recently took cognisance of a newspaper report that the waste of Jaduguda uranium mines are allegedly dumped in different ditches and ponds or in the mined area, causing health hazard to the inhabitants around the area and that drinking water was allegedly contaminated.
Representing on behalf of the public sector, advocate V Shivnath and Assistant Solicitor Mokhtar Khan informed the division bench, headed by Chief Justice R Banumathi, that the mining area is quite safe and the Corporation is quite vigilant on this front.
Further stating that the site has been inspected by a team of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board which found the mining area safe, the counsel submitted the UCIL has taken all steps to check radiation effects.
There are about 50,000 employees in the UCIL at Jaduguda and none has shown any sign of radiation effect, they said.