Environmentalists oppose expansion of Kaiga nuclear plant in K’taka citing ecology


Environmentalists oppose expansion of Kaiga nuclear plant in K’taka citing ecology

Environmentalists in Karnataka’s Karwar are alarmed over the proposed expansion of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

The power plant which has currently four units, was recently in the news after Unit-1 of the plant ran uninterrupted operations for a record 940 days with even Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling it a major feat. At present the power is supplied to Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and the Union Territory of Puducherry with 33% of power reserved for the home state.

But setting up the fifth and sixth unit of the plant will result in felling of thousands of trees. Moreover, activists are questioning the practicality of setting up a nuclear power plant with the prevalence of other safe and cheaper power generating options like solar and wind plants.

In a joint statement by three local environmental associations— Uttara Kannada Zilla Psrisara Samrakshana Samiti, Bedti Aghanashini Kolla Samiti and Vruksha Laksha Andolana have urged the Centre not to go ahead with this proposal citing various reasons.  Read More

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