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Another causative factor for public anxiety is on the coolant water from Nuclear Power Plant, which according to the local fishermen will destroy their livelihood as Koodankulam is basically a fishing village. The press Report on Kalpakkam Nuclear complex, near Chennai says the warm waste water with radioactive contamination that comes out of the plant keeps the fish away, particularly in the area within a few miles radius of the outlet . Lots of dead fish floating are collected for making salted and dried fish for outside market, as the local people are aware of the fact.

It is the bounden duty of nuclear energy proponents to dispel the fears on safety aspects and on contamination of nuclear waste. The local leaders of NGOs' and anti-nuclear loby have to be educated on the difference between Chernobyl reactors (VVER 440 MW capacity - first Generation) and the proposed Kudankulam Reactors (VVER 1000 MW capacity - Third Generation) rectifying all the deficiencies in the earlier generation reactors and fitted with all the modem safety features like double container system as per the best International norms. The fact that Russia's VVER - type reactors fit into the category of water cooled and water moderated reactors, now seen as the most widespread reactors (250 Nos. out of total of 435 Nos.) operate the world over, has to be taken note of. The specific Reactors, to be built in Koodankulam feature the most progressive engineering solutions in the NPP - Safety field, envisaging several consecutive safety levels, such as multiple duplication, different operating principles and the physical division of safety channels, are to be given wide courage publicity at the educated people level.,

In the case of disinformation campaign on colossal impact of coolant outlet water from Nuclear plant on fish culture, NPC has since taken a welcome step of arranging a visit of the fishermen folk of Koodankulam village to 'Sadras' a fishing village near Kalpakkam, to have first hand information and interaction with local people. This type of Interaction will result in increase of supporters to Nuclear energy programme.

INDIAN INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR POSTS DISMAL GROWTH RATE IN SEPT

Reversing the sharp recoveries during the last two months, the six infrastruture industries posted a dismall 1.7% growth rate during September.

Growth rate of the six sectors compristeg crude oil, refinery production, coal, electricity, cement and fioished steel fell from.highs of 9.3 % in July mainly on account of poor showing by coal electricity and crude oil. The six infrastructure Industries had posted a growth rate of 4.1 % in September last year.

The growth rate during the first half of the current fiscal (April-September) was, however, impressive 6%, as opposed to a lowly 1.5% in the year ago period. Whie crude oil production remained flat, coal and electricity sector posted negative growth rates of 2.4% and 0.4% as compared-to-handsome 9.6% and 4.7 % growths respectively in the same month last year.

Cement saw a reversal of fortunes with growth rate dipping to 0.7% in September 2002 from 16.4% in the year ago period. On the other hand. petroleum refinery products growth touched 2.8% as against a negativegrowth rate of 2.1% in September 2001, while finished steel recorded an impressive growth of 7.6% compared to 1.8% in the same period the previous year.

Crude oil production posted a growth rate of 5.2% in April-September as apposed to a negative 2.9% grwth rate in the same period the previous year. During the first half of 2002-03, growth rate in petroleum refinery products was higher at 5.6% (4.2%) coal 5.9% (2.1%), electricity 3.4% (3.2 %) and that in cement was higher at 9.8% (3.4%).

Fnished steel staged a turn around with a growth rate of 9.3% during April-September this fiscal, far higher than a negative growth rate of 0.9%.

In absolute terms, white crude oil production bettered to 16.53 million tonnes as compared to 15.7 million tonnes in the first six months of 2001-02, petroleum refinery products rose to 51.64 million tonnes over 48.89 million tonnes a year ago. Coal prodution was up at 151.3 million tonnes in April-September as compared to 142.9 million.tonnes in the same period last year.

S. Chkarapani
Age56
Freelance Journalist
chakrapani.s@nlcindia.com

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