Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday said the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra would be implemented but maintained that issues of safety measures need to be addressed.
“We have to take safety measures. We have to review our safety systems in the light of what happened in Fukushima,” he told reporters, referring to the Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant in Japan where radiation leaked after an earthquake.
Mr. Ramesh said to meet the energy requirements in India, there is no alternative to nuclear power.
“Today, nuclear power accounts for three per cent of our electricity supply. Our objective is to increase this to six per cent by the year 2020 and to about 12 per cent by about 2030,” the Minister said.
He said compensation issues raised at Jaitapur have been addressed by the State Government which announced a compensation package a few days ago over and above the compensation offered by Nuclear Power Corporation of India.
He said issues relating to marine biodiversity and livelihoods are being addressed by an experts’ committee that has been set up with Bombay Natural History Society.
“The Prime Minister has said repeatedly that only safe nuclear power, economical nuclear power will be acceptable in India. So, there should be no fears on this score,” he said.