Rush for uranium
India’s appetite for uranium is growing rapidly, and the search for uranium could displace 4,000 in 13 tribal villages of Madhya Pradesh.
At around 3 pm on a hot April day, the tranquillity of Kochamau, a tribal village in Madhya Pradesh's Betul district, was disrupted by the sound of helicopters flying past. As people ran out of their houses, they saw huge machines dangling from the helicopters that were whirring precariously close to the roofs of their houses. Nobody knew what was happening. The sporadic flights continued for weeks, sometimes two-three times a day, till the village residents were informed by Shramik Adivasi Sangathan (SAS), a non-profit working in the region, that the government was exploring the area for uranium deposits and that the helicopters were carrying machines to send electromagnetic waves to scan underground deposits.