HYDERABAD: Nuclear power is not feasible in a country like India but is still being promoted by the government much against the wishes of the people, voiced activists and science experts. They were participating in a meeting “Public Political dialogue on Nuclear” which was organised by the National Alliance of People’s Movement (NAPM) on Sunday.
K Babu Rao, a former scientist at IICT said, “The power produced by the nuclear energy cannot meet the requirements of the country. Presently, two per cent of the country’s power is produced by nuclear energy and it would increase to just six per cent by 2030. This is not making any significant difference considering the huge costs involved in setting up of these plants.”
Raising fears over the plants’ safety, he said, “Recently, it has also come to light that at Kodankulam nuclear plants essential steps are not being followed before filling the nuclear fuel. They have been evading all the safety requirements,” he said.
N Chennakesavaiah, a professor from Osmania University remarked, “Right from European countries to America and even Japan, all of them have either abandoned or in the process of doing away with nuclear power. Then why should we support the nuclear energy.”
A few attributed the nuclear power with the defence policies of the country. Krishnaraju Naidu, a physics professor said, “The military wants to generate plutonium and this is an end product of the nuclear power generation. They want this material as it not easy to procure it,” said Naidu.