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Close To A Critical Mess

Nuclear power plants in India are money-guzzling disasters-in-the-making

Close To A Critical Mess
Close To A Critical Mess
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People on both sides of the divide have argued themselves hoarse on whether the Indian nuclear power programme is a white elephant. But that this money-guzzling pachyderm of a programme can also go on a destructive rampage has come to light only recently. Technical experts are gravely concerned about the safety of India's nuclear plants which had promised 20,000 MWe of power by year 2000, but are down to producing 1,840 MWe. The alarm, therefore, is not with the worthless spending of thousands of crores, it's got to do with human lives.

The recent nuclear accident at Tokaimura nuclear plant, 110 km off Tokyo, which shocked the world, could well happen in India, they point out. These are not anti-nuke voices. They belong to the proponents of the nuclear energy programme. India, according to them, has been saved from a nuclear disaster by dint of luck.

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