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BARC report too finds high uranium, heavy metal levels

 

Balwant Garg,

TNN, Jun 27, 2010, 03.53am IST

BATHINDA:

After reports from a German lab highlighted the threat of high uranium content in water, linking it with high incidence of abnormalities among residents of the Southern-West Malwa region of Punjab, another preliminary report by Baba Atomic Research Center (BARC), Mumbai, and researchers at Guru Nanak Dev University (GNDU), Amritsar, has found unsafe concentrations of uranium and heavy metals in water samples collected from Bathinda, Faridkot, Muktsar and adjoining areas. This comes at a time when the state health department is facing flak for its alleged attempts to play down this serious threat to people's health.

Dr HS Kushwaha, director health, safety and environment group of BARC, said, "235 water samples were collected from the region about a year back, and many of these were found to have high uranium content. So, we assigned the task of exploring the possibility of uranium prospect and health risk assessments in area to physics department of GNDU, about six months back."

"We are conducting the study and a preliminary report of 250 samples showed concentrations of uranium in water samples collected from Bathinda. Apart from this radioactive element, many other heavy metals were found," said Dr Surinder Singh, the incharge of GNDU investigation team.

Though there is a need to check more samples from all over the state, on the basis of the preliminary report, we have urged the state government to install RO ( reverse osmosis) water treatment system in South-West Malwa region, to control the flow of uranium and heavy metals in human body to some extent, he added.

"Instead of paying heed to the damaging impact of metal pollutants, the health department has started targeting the voluntary organization which had unravelled the problem," said Umendra Dutt, executive director, Kheti Virasat Mission, an NGO.

On Friday many organizations in Punjab and some environmentalists announced their support to the voluntary organization, demanding a detailed study on the presence of uranium and heavy metals in the water.

"What baffled me is that instead of being thankful to Baba Farid Center for Special Children (BFCSC) for bringing out the truth about depleted uranium and multiple environmental toxicity in the region, the health department has started harassing the officials of the center by issuing them notice to know their income and expenses and the qualification of doctors treating the disabled children," said Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal, who has taken up the task of cleaning rivers in Punjab

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