Hyderabad: Stating that the disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi in Japan should be an eye-opener for all since its ill-effects would be felt by future generations as well, the National Alliance of Peoples Movements has said that the idea of generating power through nuclear means should be given up, since it was neither safe nor clean as being propagated by the nuclear experts.
Speaking to the media here on Monday, the retired scientist of the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology, Mr Babu Rao, said that there was a need to hold a detailed discussion involving all sections about the nuclear power. He also said that there was no truth in the claim that the nuclear power was clean and safe and it would supplement our ever-increasing energy needs to a great extent.
Referring to the plans afoot at the Pressurised Heavy Water Reactors at Kovvada and Anakapalle in the State and in Orissa and Maharashtra, Mr Rao said that though the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited states that technology used was latest developed one which was environment friendly, it was not the green technology in fact, and there would certainly be irreparable loss, if any accident occurs in these reactors. He also faulted the contention of the Union Environment and Forests Minister, Mr Jairam Ramesh, that there was no need to elicit the people’s opinion with regard to setting up of nuclear power plants, since they would not cause any harm to them and answer our energy crisis to a great extent.
Pointing out to plans to generate about 60,000 MW nuclear energy in the next 30 years, Mr Rao reminded that over the last 60 years the country could generate only 4,000 MW through nuclear means. He also questioned the financial feasibility in generating nuclear power. He said that even in America, only 20 per cent of energy needs were being addressed by nuclear energy. He said that the European countries were bearing exorbitant subsidies for generating nuclear power.
Seeking to corroborate the ill-effects of nuclear energy, he said that the ill-effects of Chernobyl disaster were felt not only in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, but also in the entire Northern Hemisphere. About 85,000 people died between 1986 and 2005 as a result of this mishap, according to the Green Peace. He also questioned why America did not set up any new nuclear power after the Three Islands mishap in the late 70’s. Why Australia, which has about 40 per cent of Uranium resources, was averse to nuclear energy? “The disposal of nuclear waste has hazardous effects on environment and health”, he noted.
Referring to renewable energy sources, Mr Rao said that there was enormous potential for Solar Energy in the country and this has to be tapped to supplement energy needs that was about to be increased leaps and bounds in the near future.
The joint convenor, Ms K Saraswathi, and the social activist, Ms Sajaya, also spoke. (NSS)