India can’t abandon nuclear power: Jairam Ramesh

Union Environment minister Jairam Ramesh has said that though country needs to learn appropriate lessons from crisis at nuclear plant in Japan, it could not give up on nuclear energy.

Last Updated: Mar 20, 2011, 17:55 PM IST

Hyderabad: Union Environment minister Jairam
Ramesh has said that though country needs to learn
appropriate lessons from crisis at nuclear plant in Japan, it
could not give up on nuclear energy.

"What has happened in Japan is very serious. We will have
to learn appropriate lessons and whatever additional
safeguards, additional precautions are required we must take,
but I don`t believe India can abandon nuclear energy
(programme)," Ramesh told mediapersons here yesterday.
As to the Jaitapur nuclear power project in coastal
Maharashtra, where local opposition to the plant has
intensified after the earthquake in Japan, Ramesh said, "The
country is divided into different levels of seismic zones. I
don`t know at what level the Jaitapur plant is located.

A decision is taken based on the environmental studies
that are conducted by NEERI. We gave clearance based on that
report in the November and we imposed 35 conditions for that
clearance," Ramesh said.
"As far as safety and radioactive waste management is
concerned, it is the responsibility of the Atomic Energy
Regulatory Board," he said.

PTI