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AERB collects ‘contaminated soil’; traders say business hit

Officials of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and National Disaster Management Authority scanned a scrap dealer’s shop in Mayapuri and collected “contaminated soil” to free the area of any source of radiation.

delhi Updated: May 23, 2010 00:07 IST
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Officials of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and National Disaster Management Authority scanned a scrap dealer’s shop in Mayapuri and collected “contaminated soil” to free the area of any source of radiation.

On Saturday, officials of the AERB, NDMA and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force visited Deepak Jain’s shop to scan it again to check if there were any remnants of Cobalt 60 left in the shop.

Jain who had fallen ill after being exposed to the radioactive substance was discharged last week from Army Hospital Research and Referral.

“They had come here to ensure that no traces of radiation were left,” said Sharad Aggarwal, DCP (West).

Police said it was a routine exercise and that officials were checking if there were any radioactive remnants that could have contaminated the soil.

Traders alleged that due to the radiation scare, their business was suffering .

“Our business has been hit by more than 80 per cent. This is Asia’s largest scrapyard. We have never seen such a lean phase,” said Jaswinder Singh Tandon, a trader.

He also said that there were no labourers available and that it was difficult to get work done.

“After a labourer’s death due to exposure to radiation, no one wants to work here,” he said.

Residents of the nearby Khajan Basti and other areas had written to the CM to shift the scrapyard to some other place, as the area is surrounded by residential colonies and there could be health risks.