Environmental activists are determined to oppose the expansion of the Kaiga Atomic Power Station near the Kali Tiger Reserve in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. Currently, the plant has four units. The National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) has proposed a fifth and a sixth unit, the proposal for which has cleared all environmental regulatory hurdles from both the state and union governments recently.
Activists argue that expanding the Kaiga plant will result in the loss of 54 hectares of pristine forests in the fragile Western Ghats near the Kali Tiger Reserve. They also question the practicality of setting up more nuclear power plant units or replacing it with other safer and cheaper power generating options like solar and wind energy. Read more
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