Sunday, March 13, 2011

Japan and lessons to learn !

Dr A Gopalakrishnan, Former AERB Chief: There have been near misses. At Narora. Also the Kaiga dome which collapsed. Luckily they didn't result in a catastrophic incident.

India's plans to buy 21 foreign nuclear power reactors worries him more. Indian engineers will take time to grasp new and unfamiliar technologies - a dangerous situation in case of an accident.

Besides reactors like the European Pressurised Reactors EPR from the French firm Areva comprise unproven technologies. The negotiation process with foreign firms is secret and there is no distinction between buyer and seller.

So India may end up paying as much as Rs 20 crore per megawatt.

Former AERB Chief Dr A Gopalakrishnan said, "Why not big 700 MW power? We can get uranium from abroad. The government is hell bent on buying French technology because the Prime Minister has given his word to French President Sarkozy."

But for reasons clearly driven by the India-US nuclear deal and strategic considerations, the government is pushing ahead with its ambitious nuclear energy plan. Disregarding it would seem, the larger safety issues at stake.

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