Punjab’s Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal on Monday sought technical support from Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) scientists to cleanse ground water in the state of heavy metals as uranium.
Badal urged the scientists to explore an eco-friendly and time tested technology for the eradication of heavy metals like uranium completely from the ground water in the state.
Badal asked BARC scientists to intensify their research work by making optimum utilization of their unbounded talent and vast experience to serve the ailing humanity through their recommendations to the state government for adopting an advanced, viable and eco-friendly technology for extraction of uranium content present in the ground water efficaciously.
Badal also offered to initiate a joint program in this regard so as to tackle the menace of contaminated ground water effectively.
“The need of the hour is to step up the nuclear research to strengthen the core sectors of health and agriculture, with a special focus to address the grave issue of unhygienic ground water that had become hazardous to the health of the inhabitants in southern Punjab as the majority of them were inflicted with the deadly diseases like Cancer,” Badal said.
Punjab’s Water Supply and Sanitation Department through a power point presentation highlighted the present scenario of the polluted ground water in the state besides the unique initiatives taken by the state government to combat this serious problem.
Punjab government informed BARC scientists that it had installed as many as 1811 big RO systems especially in the affected rural areas to provide potable water to the public at an affordable cost of 10 paisa per litre. “Extraction of heavy metals like uranium needed far more advanced, economical and eco-friendly technologies with waste water management facility as the reject water (residue) of ROs was again absorbed into the earth thereby keeping the situation of contaminated water unchanged and therefore a permanent and sustainable solution to this problem was warranted on the priority,” Badal added.
The state government had also established a prestigious Regional Advanced Water Testing Laboratory at a cost Rs. 5 crore in Mohali with the technical support of BARC and it would be soon made operational.
Meanwhile, BARC scientists apprised Badal about the core mandate of the centre for sustaining the peaceful applications of nuclear energy, primarily for power generation and the entire research of BARC was focused on the development of industrial, agricultural and medicine sectors. Presently, the BARC operates a number of ‘Research Reactors’ across the country.