- NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN CHIKITI(GANJAM) - Unwanted ? - Jibanendra Mohanty
Please find a News Report, ( the
Newindipress, 8th July) at the following Link, stating Govt of India's
proposal for setting up 6000MW Nuclear Power Plant in Chikiti of Ganjam
For the Nation it may be a good News, but for the State of Orissa it is NOT a good News for the following reasons:
AA. State of Orissa is surplus in generation of Power vis-a-vis the projected demand.
BB. Orissa is endowed with very large reserve of Thermal Grade Coal for setting up Mega Thermal Power Plants at the Pit Heads.
CC. As of today, Orissa is already a victim of excessive coal
mining, mainly for supply of Coal for running Power Plants within the
State for supply to Neighbouring States, and for supply of Coal to
various States like Maharastra, Gujerat, TN, etc.
Excessive coal mining is degrading the valuable Land, wiping
out forest cover, affecting the Ecology and Environment in several ways
including affecting the Natural Water Courses/availability of clean
water, etc. A visit to Angul-Talcher belt and Jharsuguda-Ib valley area
will provide first hand info for every one to realise.
Similarly, a large number of Thermal Power Plants are also
affecting the Ecology and Environment in several ways, including
affecting the Climate, polluting the environment, polluting ground
water, affecting the Agriculture Land with fly ash, etc.
Now the Question is, should we suffer with all these
Maladies for supplying Power to other States? Have the People of Orissa
taken Contract ( some thing like Bonded Labour) for serving the people
of other States ?
Further, to add salt to injury, now comes the proposal for
Setting up of a Mega Nuclear Power Plant.Here again, the People of
Orissa will be exposed to Nuclear Hazzards for supplying Power to the
Every one in the Country, knows our concern and efforts
for SAFETY in all fields. Every body knows about our efforts and
degree of compliance with the Safety and Quality Norms. Perhaps the
Condition of Roads in places outside the Capital, will speak volumes
on the subject.
knowing fully well about our standards on Safety Aspects and the
magnitude of danger which may result on account of slight slippage in
complying with Safety Standards ( Example: Chernobyl ), and for supply
of Power to other States, certainly it is NOT a good proposition for
setting up a Mega Nuclear Power Plant in the State.
However, if we succeed in preventing excessive mining of
Coal ( for supply to other States) and stop setting up Power Plants
for supply of Electricity to other States, then it will be worth while
to consider setting up a Nuclear Power Plant in the State, with
expressed guarantee that Safety Shall be maintained to the highest
Standards. At the same time the feelings and opinion of the Local
people must be taken into consideration, while taking decision on the
subject, keeping in mind that a Nuclear Power Plant for Orissa is not
essential as the State has other options.
But the same is not true for other Power Hungry States who
do not have Thermal Grade Coal to set up coal based Power Plants.
Hence, states like Maharastra, Gujerat, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Bihar,
UP, etc shd take urgent initiative for setting up Mega Nuclear Power
Plants, and stop exploiting the people of Orissa State.
While I agree that we dont need a nuclear plant in Berhampur. It
has come as news for me that , Iraq has been nuked by depleted Uranium
I'm not sure I understand depleted uranium. Typically,
there are two kinds of uranium. One is U-235 and another is U-238.
U-238 is known as enriched uranium which is obtained by a nuclear
reaction of U-235.
U-238 is basically quite unstable. This is the predominant cause of nuclear fission.
mentioned , perhaps, depleted uranium refers to dirty bombs. But, one
predominant nature iof dirty bombs is that their carrier process is
hazardous. That implies that it's detoniation process is equivalent to
a suicide bomber impact.
Ideally, these matters should be dismissed..
Berhampur, the heart of South Orissa is
very close to Chikiti and if any nuclear tragedy ever breaks out - it
will be another Bhopal.
We must not allow this to happen for benefit of another states.
Nuclear power plants should come in desert areas.
It reminded me Eminent columnist Shri Arun Shrivastava's comment during one of the discussions (
Would the War lords in Washington, Tel aviv and London, accept the offer - A Discussion
"In 2003 Iraq was nuked...dirty nukes...called depleted
uranium bombs. Mr Padhi...if you live in India in its western
parts...you are breathing millions of particles of depleted uranium
air right now. Your father, mother, wife, children are all breathing DU contaminated air."
Please raise your voice against this project.
In my opinion, nuclear power plant offers a much more clean environment compared to thermal power
plants. For the future, it is also beneficial for our country. Now on
the question of location, I don't agree with Sri Padhi as in our
country there are already some nuclear plants which are close to metropolitan cities,
e.g. Tarapur, Kalpakkam etc. We should better stop setting up of more thermal power stations in the state and as Mr. Mohanty suggested supply power to other states from nuclear power station if that materialises at all.
Nuclear energy can also
be used for other developmental activities. Yes, Chernobyl type
situation can be avoided with adequate safety measures.
Prabhash N. Rath
I do agree that you could be correct. I
forsee another potential problem though. Chikiti happens to be the home
town for my father. My grandfather in the pre-indpendence ear used to
work in the Raja of Chikiti's adminstration.
The problem is that the land required seems to be highly agricultural land which local people find difficult to release easily.
Also, Orissa can be forseen to have a nuclear future since, it contains the largest deposits of thorium in India and future nuclear development is planned using thorium and the Fast breeder reactors technology.
Dear Mr. Rath,
The point is we have power surplus and why we need risk our people in case of accidents.
Just to remind you about Bhopal Gas Tragedy consequences. Had it been nuclear , just imagine.
the Indo-US nuclear
talk will bring some international technology which will be reliable.
The current Indian safe guards are not at par international standards.
I certainly will never like a nuclear power plant near my home town.
Here you go..
More than 7,000 people died within a matter of days when toxic
gases leaked from a chemical plant in Bhopal, India on the night of 2/3
December 1984. Over the last 22 years exposure to the toxins has resulted in
the deaths of a further 15,000 people as well as chronic and debilitating
illnesses for thousands of others for which treatment is largely ineffective.
Call on Dow Chemical to clean up the factory site and remove the stockpiles of
chemical abandoned by the company.
In acknowledgement of World Water Day, I am writing to
express my concern about the devastating consequences to the health of the
communities of Bhopal, India, posed by Union Carbide's
abandoned pesticide factory.
For more than 30 years the Bhopal plant has been a source of
environmental pollution. After the disaster in 1984, which killed thousands of
people, Union Carbide abandoned the factory without decontaminating the site
and left behind large amounts of toxic waste. Stockpiles of contaminants continue
to pollute the water and soil, on which entire communities rely, affecting the
health of those living in the area.
According to numerous reports, contaminants have been found
in vegetables grown near the plant and in breast milk samples taken from women
Water has been found to be unfit for consumption but, in the absence of any
other source, most local people continue to drink it. The company has never
done anything meaningful to clean up the site.
I therefore urge you:
-- to ensure that the Bhopal
factory site and its surroundings are promptly and effectively decontaminated,
that the groundwater is cleaned up, and
-- that the stockpiles of toxic and hazardous substances
left by the company when they abandoned the site are removed;
-- to co-operate fully with those assessing the nature and
extent of the damage to health and the environment caused by improper waste
disposal and contaminants at the abandoned factory site;
to ensure that Dow Chemicals promptly provide
full reparations, restitution, compensation and rehabilitation for the
continuing damage done to people's health and the environment by the ongoing
contamination of the site.
Dear Umashankar babu
Regarding the type of land proposed to be acquired, I don't have
any idea and that is altogether a different proposition. However, I
personally won't mind if any nuclear power
plant comes up in the vicinity of my home town. You are right that
Orissa has largest stock of thorium deposits in India and which can be
utilised for potential development in the state.
Prabhash N. Rath
The Question is whether Orissa needs a Mega Nuclear Power Plant ?
The answer is No. The proposed Power Plant will supply power to other States.
Fortunately, Orissa has several Options to meet its growing power needs, and we are certainly not constrained to go for a Mega Nuclear Plant, just because we have the Raw Materials available for the same. The Options are:
AA. Coal based Thermal Power
: We have Country's 30% Coal Reserves, which will last for more than
hundred years. We have been supplying more Coal to other States, than
what we consume. We must stop excessive coal mining and stop supplies
to other States.
BB. We have 480 KMs of Sea Front, where we can install Wind Mills to generate Clean and No-risk Electrical Power.
CC. We have good scope for harnessing Solar Power, a Clean and No-risk Electrical Power.
DD. In future we may go for harnessing Electrical Power from Tidal Waves, if necessary.
EE. We have not utilised existing potentials for generating
Hydro-Electricity, from Rivers in Koraput, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj,
Sundargarh, Kalahandi Districts.
Therefore, in my opinion, there is No Need for Orissa to go for a Mega Nuclear Power Plant, with the basic objective of supplying power to other States and risking its people in the process. The quantum of Risk factor and the compliance factor for Nuclear
safety are certainly debatable. But the point is, when we do not
need one, what is the justification of running into Risk, howsoever
small it may be?
This reminds me the age old Oriya Adage, " Why get into Mud and then look for Water to wash your feet"
Besides, in the event of any War/Hostility with our Arch Enemies ( the Chinese or the Pakis), the possibility of a Nuclear Strike on Vital Installation cannot be ruled out, and the resultant Catastrophe may well be imagined.
On the other hand, let the Power Hungry States like Maharastra, Gujerat, Tamil Nadu, AP, UP, etc go ahead with super Mega Nuclear Power
Plant, to meet their needs, as they do not have other viable options.
Orissa may supply the required Thorium without insisting for "Value
Addition" within the State, for such proposals outside the State.
Further, the Demand for Orissa Coal will be reduced, if other States
switch over the Nuclear Power.
Hence, Orissa shd oppose the proposal tooth and nail, unless it decides to be a Donkey to carry others' Loads.
Contact Details:Jibanendra Mohanty
Post Date:7/9/2007 9:31:10 PM Validity:36500 Days
- Comments By: Abanis
No or I disagree Post Date:7/31/2008 10:01:49 AM
- Comments By: As My home town I'll not like to have nuclear plant, where my nears and dears are residing. I loud to my village people do not allow such go against people of my birth place. People have to learn like gujarat gas tragedy.
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