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?State must not miss the bus?

THE MP Electricity Consumers Society, an association sponsored by six leading industry associations in the State, has written letters to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State Energy Minster Kailash Vijayvargiya urging them to seize the opportunity offered by the recent civilian nuclear deal between India and the US and make a move to set up nuclear energy plants in the State.

india Updated: Mar 08, 2006 00:33 IST

THE MP Electricity Consumers Society, an association sponsored by six leading industry associations in the State, has written letters to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and State Energy Minster Kailash Vijayvargiya urging them to seize the opportunity offered by the recent civilian nuclear deal between India and the US and make a move to set up nuclear energy plants in the State.

The agreement signed between the two countries opens up new vistas of opportunity, especially for an energy-starved state like Madhya Pradesh, which would also be the ideal place to set up such power stations, provided the government moves ahead with alacrity.

If the State succeeds in getting its due of two or three nuclear power stations, it will prove to be a boon, as nuclear power would be of better quality and cheaper than power generated by other sources. It is common knowledge that in the area of quality of power and its cost, Madhya Pradesh is one of the worst states in the country.

The MP Electricity Consumers Society, an association sponsored by AIMO (state board), AIMP, Pithampur Audyogik Sangathan, Association of Industries (Dewas), MP Textile Mills Association and SOPA, is headed by eminent electricity engineer of the country P L Nene.

In its letter to the CM, the Society’s honorary secretary Dr Gautam Kothari argues that the State was an ideal place for setting up nuclear power stations. To substantiate his plea, Kothari said that an important body like Nuclear Power Corporation of India has already found two places in the State - one each in Shivpuri and Mandla districts - suitable for setting up nuclear power plants. Another site in Jhabua district is also suitable.

One of the major advantages with the State is that there are large, scarcely populated areas in the State, which are ideal sites for nuclear power stations. Besides, the State’s location would also help it.

With the abundance of natural resources and its central location, the State is bound to become the hub of industry. The power demand to be met in future requires large power stations, the letter argued.