Six Radioactive ‘Hotspots’ Detected in Delhi

About a month after the radiation leak case, in which a person was killed and seven affected, the Delhi government enforced rules for disposal of radioactive material as per the directives of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

Greenpeace said Friday it had detected dangerously high levels of radioactivity near a New Delhi salvage yard. The experts picked up radiation 5,000 times above normal background levels at the privately owned salvage facility in Mayapuri district and its surrounding areas.

The experts picked up six hotspots in which the dose rate was between 200 and 500 micro sieverts per hour at ground level, which means radiation has spread into the streets, which is very dangerous.

More than 800 pathological labs are running in Delhi using radioactive material without complying with norms and they don't even have qualified radiologists to keep check.

The Delhi government also told hospitals to reply to its notice about prevailing conditions, but nothing happened.

The health consequences of this amount of radiation include significantly increased cancer risk in a number of years.

It has been reported that Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Apollo Hospital, Max Healthcare, Fortis and St Stephen's Hospital and some better known pathological labs are under the scanner for using faulty machines with radioactive content and without any supervision of trained staff.

The sources also stated that most of the labs are using imported machines whose manufacturers had shut shops a few years ago.

The Mayapuri accident highlights the faultlines in India's ability to govern its nuclear and radiological facilities with any acceptable degree of safety.