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‘Work on Jaitapur, Koodankulam might be delayed’

The DAE has disfavoured the scrapping of these projects in view of the mounting energy needs.

Mumbai: Amid public resistance to nuclear
power projects at Jaitapur and Koodankulam, the Department of
Atomic Energy (DAE) has said the work on both plants will be
completed but there could be delay.

"There is opposition to these projects. But we are
confident that these would be completed though there would be
a little delay," SK Malhotra, Head Public Awareness Division,
DAE told reporters here ahead of India Nuclear Energy 2011
Summit beginning Thursday.

There have been mass protests by locals and activists
against the 9900-MW Jaitapur plant and 2000-MW Koodankulam
project in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu respectively due to land
acquisition issues and safety concerns in the backdrop of the
Fukushima disaster.

However, the DAE has disfavoured the scrapping of these
projects in view of the mounting energy needs.

"Considering the huge demand for power, going for nuclear
energy is inevitable. Barring a few incidents like the one in
Fukushima, nuclear-based power is safe. It uses 20,000 times
less fuel as compared to thermal power. In the long run, we
will need thermal as well as nuclear (energy) for generating
power," Malhotra said.

"All aspects of safety are being looked into by Atomic
Energy Regulatory Board as well as NPCIL. Necessary
recommendations have been made and changes are being made. The
work on the Koodankulam project is in last stages and we
expect it to reach the criticality level in the next two
months," he added.


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