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Opposition against nuke plant gains momentum

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 01, 2011
First Published: 01:43 IST(1/2/2011) | Last Updated: 01:46 IST(1/2/2011)

The opposition against the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in Ratnagiri district gained a little more momentum on Monday.

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Doctors and environmental activists addressed about 300 people at the Vanamali Hall at Dadar on Monday on the possible effects of radiation arising from a nuclear power plant. Project affected people of the Tarapur Atomic Power Station, the oldest in India, shared their experiences and grievances related to the project.

On January 18, resident of affected villages had boycotted a public meeting held by the state to dispel “misconceptions”.

Monday’s public meeting was organised by the Bharat Sewak Sangh.

“There is a European Parliament Report of 2004 which stated that there’s more carbon emitted from the uranium fuel cycle as compared to fossil fuels,” said Girish Raut, an environmental activist.

“We want to explain to the public why nuclear power is not advisable to meet the energy needs of the country.”

The public meeting was also used as a platform to share studies on seismic activity at in the area around the Jaitapur plant as well as the biodiversity study conducted by the Bombay Natural History Society.

Over the last two months, protests against the plant have become more vocal after the Union ministry of environment and forests gave a green nod in early December to construct the 9,900 megawatt plant.

While locals have not accepted compensation cheques, supporting groups want the Atomic Energy Regulatory Body to put the plant design in public domain for scrutiny and the tariff.


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