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Updated: November 15, 2011 01:55 IST

Kalam plumps again for Kudankulam plant

Shiv Sahay Singh
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Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivers a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta on Monday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury
Former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivers a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Calcutta on Monday. Photo: Arunangsu Roy Chowdhury

The “power-hungry” India needs clean energy and the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu is waiting to add 2,000 MW to the grid, the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, said on Monday.

“As an individual, I went to the [Kudankulam] plant. Really it is a modern plant, and there is 2,000 MW ready to be pumped into the grid,” he told journalists on the sidelines of a programme at the Indian Institute of Management here.

Pointing out that the total CO{-2} emission across the country by cars running on fossil fuel was 30 billion tons a year, Mr. Kalam said: “So we need only clean energy. Solar power is clean energy, nuclear power is clean energy and hydel power is clean energy.”

Asked whether he was going to talk to those who have been protesting against the plant, Mr. Kalam said he had met a lot of people and was open to discussion with anyone. “Whoever wants to talk to me can meet me.”

After visiting the Kudankulam plant on November 6 amid protests by villagers, Mr. Kalam said he was “completely satisfied and happy with the sophisticated safety features of the reactors.” Again, he reiterated his contention to dispel fears over the safety. “Of course, I am confident of the safety,” he said, adding that he had cited the technical reasons earlier.

I believe anything the man says. Kudankulam project should become a reality. People should me made aware of the merits of nuclear power over conventional sources. Initial cost is an issue but its worth it, considering the yields

from:  Kiran N U
Posted on: Dec 5, 2011 at 11:48 IST

We should believe what our former president said about the safety measures being adopted in kudangulam nuclear power plant. He is an earminent scientist who is more interested in the welfare of the public around the plant.we cannot achieve self sufficiency in power generation without nuclear power.nuclear power is a clean energy unlike thermal thermal in which harmful co2 is let in to the atmosphere,causing global warming.let experts in the field of nuclear energy explain to the people about the safety etc not the NGOS or politicians who are always misguiding people for obvious reasons .

from:  E. kandaswami
Posted on: Nov 16, 2011 at 20:54 IST

Why is the respected former President of the country investing so much of his reputation in certifying the safety of a nuclear power plant, when it is not a secret that a nuclear reactor is potentially the most dangerous technological entity because any malfunctioning of its complex safety system can lead to a catastrophe of gigantic proportions? India,of course,needs a huge amount of clean energy, but it will be absurd to take chances on the safe working of nuclear power plants to satisfy this need.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Nov 15, 2011 at 10:28 IST

President Kalam's views are OK as far as the cleanliness of the Nuclear energy is concerned. But, I most respectfully urge him to consider the phenomenal costs of putting up Nuclear Power plants (NPP). It costs roughly Rs. 4.50-5.50 Crores per MW installed for Thermal & the gas fired plants' cost is about the same. But, the NPP will cost NOT LESS THAN Rs. 8.50-9.50 Crores per MWe installed capacity. SO, a 2000 MW NPP will cost Rs. 9,000-10,000 Crores extra. GOI plans to instal appr. 60,000 MW via Nuclear Power - Means Rs. 270,000-300,000 Crores extra. These are apart from the safety considerations. The US Manual of Protocol for NPP's runs to some 40,000 pages - these are strictly implemented there.

The most advanced country in NPP's is France - why are we NOT colloborating with them much more strongly than what we are now doing? Why are we NOT developing Coal Sequestration Techiniques to wash & clean our Coal (Indicated & Prognostic reserves of 98 & 253 Billion tonnes respectively).

from:  R RAJAGOPAL
Posted on: Nov 15, 2011 at 09:28 IST
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