Parliament Question

Nuclear Plant at Kavali in AP to Go Ahead as Planned: Minister

The planned nuclear plant near Kavali in Andhra Pradesh to be set up in cooperation with Russia is going as per the plan despite some opposition from the local groups, said Minister.

Union Minister of State in PMO, Dr. Jitendra Singh, in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, said on Thursday said the Site Selection Committee is exploring a suitable coastal site for locating nuclear power plant.

Some sections of local people and certain groups have expressed their opposition to location of nuclear power plants near Kavali in Andhra Pradesh due to apprehensions about safety of the nuclear power plants and loss of traditional means of livelihood, he said.

The government has undertaken an extensive public outreach programme, including public hearings and consultations to spread awareness about nuclear power and all its related aspects based on a multipronged approach has been instituted in a structured manner, he added.

The state government has given its consent to carry out technical studies required to identify potential coastal sites for locating nuclear power plants in the state, he noted.

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