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Punjab to tackle problem of uranium in water on top priority

Posted on Jul 10, 11:36PM | UNI

Sangrur, Jul 10 : Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) President and Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal today said the state government would tackle the problem of uranium in the ground water on top priority and had already sought technical input from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) to tackle this Punjab specific problem.

Addressing people after paying glorious tributes to Mr Kartar Singh Dhindsa, elder brother of MP Sukhdev Singh Dhindsa and uncle of Punjab Finance Minister Parminder Singh Dhindsa at his bhog ceremony held at village Ubhawal, the Deputy Chief Minister said Punjab had already fought battles against insurgency and suffered because of Pakistan invasions and now the state has to launch a war against Uranium pollution in water which was only specific to Punjab.

He said Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal had already requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allocate special budget to tackle the problem of Uranium as it has been done in the case of Arsenic and Fluoride contamination.

He said the BARC team was trying to locate the source of Uranium contamination and Punjab government was taking all possible measures to provide RO system in Uranium affected areas.

Mr Badal said the Union government has already requested to allocate liberal grants for Punjab water supply system to set up additional ROs till the permanent solution for Uranium contamination was found.

Thanking the people of Punjab for returning SAD-BJP government to the state to continue the development agenda, Mr Badal expressed confidence that with the blessings of people of the state BJP candidate in Dasuya by election, Ms Sukhjit Kaur Sahi would win the by election with more than 25,000 votes.

Mr Badal said the National Democratic Alliance would meet soon to decide the course of action on Vice-Presidential poll.

Paying rich tributes to Mr Kartar Singh Dhindsa, Mr Bikram Singh Majithia YAD President and Revenue, Public Relations Minister recalled the contribution of Dhindsa family in strengthening the SAD.