Concerns about safety of nuclear power plants (NPPs) are threatening India’s massive investment plans in the sector…
Although Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the main architect of
Locals also have issues about land acquisition rates and suspect rehabilitation promises of the government. There have thus been mass protests against the French-backed 9900-MW Jaitapur plant in
Admitting problems, the federal Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has said there could be a delay in the two projects. ``There is opposition to these projects. But we are confident that these would be completed though there would be a little delay,’’ DAE said last week in a statement.
Meanwhile, the state government of West Bengal state has refused permission to a proposed 6000 MW facility near the town of
Speaking to TV reporters, S P Udhayakumar, a prominent anti-nuclear activist said, “All over the world people are phasing out or canceling nuclear power plants. Electricity should be for the people. It cannot be at the cost of the people.”
Further complicating matters, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed against the government’s civil nuclear program at the apex Supreme Court. The PIL specifically asks for the ``staying of all proposed nuclear power plants till satisfactory safety measures and cost-benefit analyses are completed by independent agencies.’’
It is likely that the court will take up the matter for further hearing given the importance of the matter. Given
Five nuclear parks of 10,000 MW each have been planned.
Giving into pressure from
Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) that aims to structure a uniform global legal regime to channel liability in the unfortunate event of a nuclear accident.
Meanwhile, state-run entities Uranium Corporation of India Ltd (UCIL) and nodal atomic agency Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) have announced plans to pool resources to bid for overseas uranium mines to ensure the availability of the critical fuel.
NPCIL operates all of
On the domestic front India is looking to double uranium production to 800 tons by 2014 from mines in Jharkhand and Andhra Pradesh. Access to uranium imports due to removal of international sanction has already had an impact on
NPCIL reported a big 200 % rise in profits in fiscal year 2010-11 ending March 31. NPCIL also achieved its highest ever generation of electrical energy in 2010-2011 and aims to further lift capacity this year.
However, concerns about safety of atomic plants following the
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, the top government agency to ensure safety standards, conducted a safety audit of
They say that given the non-transparent nature of