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Nuclear Expansion in Kaiga: Is India Ready for the Risk?

the proposed project area is clearly within the buffer zone of Kali (Dandeli-Anshi) Tiger Reserve. In this context, it is shocking that about 54 Hectares of thick forest lands of very high ecological value from the Climate Change perspective and in the buffer zone of a Tiger reserve is being proposed to be diverted to the project;

The MoEF&CC, in its previous avatar, had dealt a policy blow to the people of this region and of the country by allowing such a high impact project in the thick forests of Western Ghats. It must not aggravate the same blunder by allowing an expansion which will be more than the double the size of the original capacity at enormous costs to the region and to the global ecology.

In view of the insignificant/irrelevant contribution of nuclear power to Indian scenario (the installed nuclear capacity is less than 2% of the total power capacity in the country as on today, and the same will be most likely to be less than 0.5% by 2026, which is completion target for this project as per EIA), the local community, the state of Karnataka and the entire country should not be burdened with the unacceptable costs and risks associated with the financial, social and environmental/ecological aspects of building, operating, decommissioning and safe disposal of nuclear wastes.

 

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December 10, 2018 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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