New Delhi: Despite apprehension by some MPs,
the government on Thursday batted for nuclear power projects,
including the one in Kundankulam, saying nuclear power is not
only "clean energy" but also cheaper as compared to coal and
many other countries are increasingly relying on this.
"The question is related to the Kundakulam (nuclear)
Project. ....I agree with you, coal energy is the main source
of power in India, but not clean energy.
Nuclear energy is clean energy," Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy said during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha.
The country requires an additional 50,000-60,000 mega watt
of power and needs to develop alternative sources of energy
like nuclear power, he said.
He replied in the negative to a query whether the
government is considering the option of fuel switch to allay
apprehension of local population.
He also said that efforts to enhance public outreach and
public communication were continuing.
On cost of nuclear power, the minister said installation
cost of nuclear projects could be "little high", but power
charges will be cheaper at Rs 1.80 per unit against Rs 16-18
in case of coal.
Currently, two nuclear power plants in Kundankulam, Tamil
Nadu are still under construction. The delay in commissioning
of these plants has led to escalation in cost to the tune of
Rs 2,653 crore.
The delay has been attributed to various reasons including
delivery schedule of certain components from Russia and the
ongoing protests in Kudankulam against the nuclear power