SHILLONG: With pressure mounting against proposed exploratory mining for uranium in Balpakram National Park from environment groups and student bodies, the DAE move suffered a major setback as an inspection team has refused to visit the site.

This recent report on illegal coal mines around Balphakram NP in Meghalaya prepared by Dr Asad Rahmani recommends immediate ban on all mining activity within the national park & demands strict regulation of all coal mines in Garo Hills

State Govt to move Centre against Balpakram drilling

SHILLONG: The State Government has decided to move the Centre against the proposed exploratory drilling inside the Balpakram National park (BNP) in South Garo Hills.

Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma informed this to a delegation of the Garo Students' Union (GSU), which met him here on Thursday.

The National Board of Wild Life (NBWL) has decided to conduct a site inspection in response to the proposal from Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) to de-notify an area of 8 sq km at Rongcheng Plateau in Balpakram National Park in Meghalaya for exploratory uranium mining even as protests have been raging in the hill state over bid to tap uranium deposit in the area.