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Jairam: Will consider extra safeguards for Jaitapur

From the Indian Express

March 16, 2011

Even as the nuclear crisis in Japan deepens and concerns over nuclear safety mount across the globe, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said that additional safeguards and design specifics would be considered for the proposed Jaitapur nuclear plant in Maharashtra. The proposed plant off the Ratnagiri coast has been the target of protests by social and environmental activists.

“Yesterday the Prime Minister made a detailed statement in Parliament. I know the Nuclear Power Corporation is re-looking on its safety systems, re-looking at design,” Ramesh said in response to a query on whether the government was reconsidering the project in the wake of the radioactive leaks being reported in Japan’s nuclear facility following the earthquake and tsunami.

The minister said though the issue was one of concern to all, the issue of safety at nuclear plants was under the purview of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board. He was speaking on the sidelines of a conclave on Business and Climate Change here.

“This appropriately is a subject that has to be dealt with by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and based on the technical reviews that the NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited) does, we will certainly be in touch with them, and if additional safeguards have to be built in as part of the environmental clearance, we will certainly look at it,” he added.

Meanwhile, the CPM issued a politburo statement, calling for immediate halt to the Jaitapur project. “Given the crisis which has developed in some of the nuclear power reactors in Japan…, it is imperative that the environmental clearance given to the project be withdrawn,” it said.

  1. sambha
    March 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    If our Central Government is so keen on the carry on the contracts it signed with America and France , let us pay them for the contract cancellation.Who needs progress at the cost of safety of future generation.We are ready for powercuts but not for nuclear disasters.This model of nuclear power based Industrialisation has failed in Japan( as all of us see) so why repeat it.We need and can grow and sustain with optimised use of available power.In name of cheap power we cannot allow our ruler to destroy livelihoods of lakhs of people but also maim their future generation.In event of Disaster who city like Pune will be also under nuclear radiation and 80 lac people will be evacuated and settled to some other places.Do anyone in the world have such capability to do such an act.People need to get up and understand that the future of their children is at stake.

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