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Protest against proposed Jaitapur nuke power plant

Neeraj Jain,convenor,Lokayat,said the authorities had decided to ignore all safety concerns raised against the plant.

Written by Express News Service |
March 18, 2011 2:17:30 am

Lokayat in association with Pune Jilla Molkarin Sangathana,Shramik Mahila Morcha,Pandav Nagar Mitra Manda and Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Employees Union staged a dharna in front of the district collector’s office in protest against the proposed nuclear plant in Jaitapur.

Neeraj Jain,convenor,Lokayat,said the authorities had decided to ignore all safety concerns raised against the plant. “Even Finland and France,which were to use the same technology,have had major delays and have run into problems of over budgeting. We have absolutely no previous data to rely on; but they still say the technology is safe. In the wake of the Japan disasters,even China,Germany and Switzerland have put on hold their nuclear technology plans. The confidence of our government is just amazing.”

Suvrat Raju,a theoretical physicist based in Allahabad and part of Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace,said,“It is difficult to judge the technology at this stage. The manufacturers are proposing to build a 1,650 MW nuclear reactor,which will be the largest in the world with an investment of Rs 60,000 crore. The British Health and Safety Executive has pointed out major issues with the design. For example,adequate displays and manual controls in the control room are absent. If the automated systems fail in the event of a natural or other calamity,there could be a serious accident. There is no need to rush into it.”

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