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In a first, India set to explore uranium reserves in Arunachal | India News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: Indian authorities are looking for uranium reserves just three kilometres from the Indo-China border in Arunachal Pradesh in a first-ever such exercise, a top official said, reports Sushil Rao.
“We have got the encouragement from the Centre and have taken up the exploration. There was no possibility to do heliborne exploration because of the hills. But we walked all the way up the hills to begin the exploration,” DK Sinha, director, Atomic Minerals Directorate for Exploration and Research said on Monday. He said he went to the farthest village in the Indian side of the border, Mechuka valley.
He said the exploration for uranium had yielded positive results and further activity would continue, which would result in mining. The exploration was taken up in Aalo of West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh, about 619 meters from ground level. Uranium is used for producing nuclear energy which is considered clean energy.
“Accessibility is one reason why exploration has been taken up in Arunachal Pradesh. Secondly, the political situation has made it more conducive to take up such activity,” chairman and chief executive of Nuclear Fuel Complex Dinesh Srivastava said. Efforts are also being made for uranium exploration in Himachal Pradesh while Manipur has also given their nod for exploration. Work is also going in Assam, Nagaland, Gujarat, MP, UP, Maharashtra, Bihar, West Bengal, and Jharkhand.

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