In the wake of the panic created by radioactive sources being found at the Mayapuri scrap yard, the MCD has asked the Delhi government to install special radiation detection machines at all the border areas to check vehicles entering the city. The agency passed a resolution regarding this on Thursday with all the committee members supporting it.
“With radioactive sources being found in the city, it is important to determine how radioactive material entered the city. Some sort of mechanism is needed. In view of the panic created by this incident, we have proposed the purchase of special radiation detection machines, which can be used to detect such material at the border,” said BJP councillor, Meera Aggarwal, who had floated the proposal.
Chief secretary Rakesh Mehta has said that before taking a decision on the issue they will consult the AERB, Bhaba Atomic Research Centre (BARC). “This is a technical issue so we’ll need to take their suggestions before arriving on any conclusion regarding the machines,” said Mehta.
In addition to this, the MCD has said they would clamp down on scrap dealers who were working without any proper licences.
“We are going to take action against scrap dealers who have been functioning without proper licences from us. Not only this, action will be taken against those dealing in material they do not have permission for,” said Mayor Kanwar Sain.