Jaitapur and beyond

Updated - November 17, 2021 02:52 am IST

Published - April 28, 2011 03:08 am IST

The government's decision to give the green signal to the Jaitapur nuclear plant (April 27) is based on rational and pragmatic arguments. The rising demand for energy makes it imperative for us to diversify our sources. The Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster may have thrown up new challenges but it should be viewed as an opportunity to ensure foolproof safety. Looking at the protests against the Jaitapur plant, one feels it would have been better had the government come up with convincing solutions before giving it the go-ahead.

Vaibhav C. Ghalme,

New Delhi

The government's decision is unfortunate. Chernobyl and Fukushima are examples of what can go wrong with nuclear plants. Who said nuclear power is safe, secure and economical? It is a ticking bomb.

Sunny Joseph Mala,


Why is Prime Minister Manmohan Singh refusing to listen to public opinion? There are serious issues involved as Jaitapur is an agriculturally rich and productive area, with major resettlement issues. Who can forget Enron and Bhopal?

Pravin Sadashiv Joshi,


The way the India-U.S. civil nuclear deal was rushed through, in spite of raging controversies, appears more dangerous now — in the wake of what happened in Japan. We must consider other alternatives to nuclear energy. More important is the issue of compensation in case of an accident.

K.C. Mehta,


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