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Forum For Development of North Andhra (FDNA) on Saturday asked the government to keep in public domain all facts pertaining to the proposed atomic power plant in Kovvada.
Charging the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) with misleading the people over the safety of the plant and price of the power to be produced, it said many power utilities in the U.S., including the Florida Power and Light Company, were in the rethink mode on whether or not to purchase the AP1000 reactors supplied by the Westinghouse Electric Company as they were doubtful of its capability and safety.
“The Westinghouse Electric Company could supply only 4 out of 10 reactors in the last one decade. The reactors are very costly. The Indian government will be forced to spend over Rs.2.8 lakh crore for the Kovvada plant. The price per mega will be more than Rs.42 crore and not Rs.12 crore as being claimed. We are ready for a debate on the issue,” said A. Ajay Sarma, general secretary of the FDNA.
“It is always better to depend on wind and solar energy, which are affordable and environment friendly. That is why, many western countries have completely stopped production from atomic power plants,” he said.
Stating that the doubts raised by former Chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board A. Gopalakrishnan and former Union Energy Secretary E.A.S. Sarma had not been clarified so far, he said that the FDNA would organise an awareness programme to explain the drawbacks of the plant and injustice being meted out to the people of Ranasthalam following forcible land acquisition.
Left parties’ campaign
Meanwhile, the Left parties are campaigning against the social impact survey proposed to be conducted in the villages of Ranasthalam mandal. The Left parties are advising people’s representatives and locals not to sign on the papers to be supplied by the district administration.
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