How green is India’s nuclear energy

Existing scenario As of March 2018, India has 22 nuclear reactors in operation in 7 nuclear power plants, having a total installed capacity of 6,780 MW. 6 more reactors are under construction will add generation capacity of 4,300 MW. India plan to reach a nuclear power capacity of 63 GW in 2032. The 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan has stirred up people apprehensions about atomic energy being a clean and safe alternative to fossil fuels. Communities around proposed Indian nuclear power plant sites have launched protests. There have been mass protests against the French-backed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project in Maharashtra and the Russian-backed 2,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power …

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The Goa Parallel

Apart from Tamilnadu, another state in India where the Mining industry is facing elephantine issues now is Goa. On 16th of March this year, the Govt banned iron-ore mining in the state following a supreme court order cancelling 88 mining leases. The erstwhile Congress CM, Mr. Digamber Kamat was indicted by a judicial commission for allowing illegal mining. The Justice M.B Shah Commission’s report tabled in by the UPA Govt cited instances of abuse of power by Mr. Kamat. The commission estimated the loss to the exchequer at a massive Rs 35,000 crore. But now, the BJP chief minister Mr. …

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Beach Minerals – Will India understand the potential?

Trump’s administration recently announced that it would place a 10% levy on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods including rare earths, setting off the spark for a full-blown trade war with China. This has set the international news mills churning feverishly for the last two days about a ‘rare earth crisis’- A crisis that China could possibly unleash on the western world. China’s vantage is that it holds more than 90% of the world’s production of rare earth minerals. Industry experts fear that if China cuts off supply, it could stop the smooth humming of factories all over the world. Now if …

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