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Haripur n-plant: Time not ripe for land acquisition,says AEC chief

Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee on Wednesday said the site for the proposed nuclear power plant at Haripur in East Midnapore district had been identified and part of the geo-technical assessment is over.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata |
June 30, 2011 3:35:35 am

Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chairman Srikumar Banerjee on Wednesday said the site for the proposed nuclear power plant at Haripur in East Midnapore district had been identified and part of the geo-technical assessment is over.

About the Trinamool Congress’ opposition to the project,he said: “We have not approached the present government on this issue. More than the government what is needed is public acceptance,” said Banerjee .

Asked if they are looking for an alternative place,he said a site is selected after years of investigation and the earlier government had agreed to the site. He said other places were also being studied. “Yes,we would like to meet the new chief Minister here,” he said to a question but added that it would not take place during his current visit.

Asked if Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL),the implementing agency for the proposed nuclear power plant in the state,would procure land,Banerjee said: “The time for procurement of land has not arrived.”

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Stressing that all reactors in the country were safe,Banerjee said steps were being taken to review the safety of nuclear power plants in India after the Fukushima crisis in Japan.

Banerjee said after the Fukushima crisis,the NPCIL formed four committees,the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board ( AERB) formed a separate committee and the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) gave some recommendations of which some were implemented by the commission.

Banerjee,who was delivering a lecture at Indian Statistical Institute,Kolkata,on “How safe are our Nuclear Reactors,” explained what went wrong at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan. “You cannot compare any of our sites with Fukushima,” Banerjee said,pointing that the tectonic plates from where the earthquake that triggered the tsunami was generated were far from Indian shores.

—with PTI inputs

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