Econintersect (by Sanjeev Kulkarni): Bowing to public pressure to the growing opposition to 9,900 MW Nuclear Plant in Mahrasthra , the Indian, Union Environment Minister, Mr. Jairam Ramesh wants the Government to review the Nuclear power option. According to The Times of India he said, “People’s concerns must be addressed and a transparent nuclear power policy should be put in place before nuclear plants are set up.” He added that the prime minister also shared this view.Ramesh indicated that the nuclear policy should be transparent and not cloaked in secrecy. It should be made after taking people into confidence. ”I am not advocating fast forward, or reverse mode on the policy, I am only advocating pause button for the time being (on nuclear plants),” he said.
As reported in GEI News, opposition to the 9,900 MW plant intensified after the accident at Japanese nuclear plant. Protests turned violent last week and one person was killed when police fired live ammunation.
“In a democracy, people have a right to protest. Their concerns are quite realistic and after Japan tragedy, we need to address these concerns. Whatever has happened in Japan should be taken as a wake up call by the entire world,” he said.
India, faces a power shortage. Only three percent of the power is sourced from nuclear plants.