The minister of state for water resources Vincent H Pala on Thursday informed Lok sabha that people in several districts of Punjab were dangerously exposed to deadly effects of uranium through its presence in groundwater.
The contamination of ground water by uranium has been reported from pockets of Barnala, Bhatinda, Faridkot, Ferozpur, Ludhiana, Moga and Sangrur districts, he said in a written reply.
Concentration of uranium was more than 12 times of the permissible limit of 15 micrograms/litre in 26 samples out of 1,686 collected by the water supply and sanitation department, Pala said.
He, however, expressed ignorance about any case of death due to water contamination.
The minister said the Punjab government was in the process of installing Reverse Osmosis (RO) plants in areas affected with the contamination.