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‘India will not halt nuclear programme’

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Atomic Energy Chairman, R.K Sinha. Photo: Vivek Bendre
The Hindu Photo Library Atomic Energy Chairman, R.K Sinha. Photo: Vivek Bendre

India will continue its nuclear programme without any interruption, irrespective of decisions taken by other countries, said R.K. Sinha, Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission and Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy on Wednesday.

Referring to Germany and Japan, which plan to end their dependence on nuclear energy, Dr. Sinha said India had no reason to follow these countries.

“We have been pursuing our nuclear programme on our own. We are in the process of establishing new nuclear power plants across India, without being dependent on any foreign country. There is no question of following them and halting our nuclear programme,” he told The Hindu. He said the Japanese government may decide to return to nuclear power in future, after completing security inspections.

On the proposed 9900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant to be set up in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra, Dr. Sinha said the techno-commercial agreement with the French company Areva was yet to be signed and negotiations had not been concluded.

Areva will be providing six European Pressurised Reactors to this project, the work on which is expected to begin by October 2015.

“The issues such as deciding the cost of electricity and the liability are pending. But we are confident that the issues will be resolved and we will not miss the deadline,” he said.

Earlier, Dr. Sinha delivered an address at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre here on the occasion of the birth anniversary of the late Homi Jahangir Bhabha.

He said improved uranium supply from domestic and international sources had led to the growth of nuclear power generation.

“As a result of using advanced techniques, we have been able to identify new resources of uranium. In the last year our reserves have registered an increase of about 5 per cent,” he said.

On the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, he said commercial operations of one unit would start by December 2013.

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The safety concerns regarding nuclear power that have been so vividly
brought out by the accidents at Fukushima following the tragic
earthquake and tsunami are only one of the problems with the vast
nuclear expansion that the nuclear establishment and the current
government are proposing. Also at stake is democracy at multiple
levels, as seen from the “cash for votes” scandal in parliament, the
loss of citizens’ right to demand adequate compensation from
international nuclear vendors under the Nuclear Liability Law, and the
beating up, arrest and police firing on locals of Jaitapur (leading to
one death), whose concerns about the safety of the reactors to be built
on their lands have been further justified by Fukushima. Nuclear
ambitions come with high costs that cannot be measured only in dollars.

from:  Neer
Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 20:33 IST

Disregarding the needs of the teeming millions living below the poverty
line, we are on a shopping spree with more than $100 billion in hand,
and entering into nuclear deals with other countries. After signing
nuclear deal with the US, Nuclear Suppliers Group’s countries are
selling also nuclear-related materials and equipment to India. Apart
from France, Britain, Germany, Japan – a strong opponent of nuclear
proliferation – eyes the lucrative market. Our country as a state is
rich but it is a land of appalling poverty where more than 400 million
people are living below a meanly defined poverty line. Multi-millions
are living in slums and sleeping on the footpaths, because Indian
government is diverting a very large part of its resources to become a
regional power, world power and member of United Nations Security
Council.

from:  Nutan
Posted on: Nov 1, 2013 at 20:21 IST
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