With the threat of a Nuclear meltdown hovering around Japan's Fukushina Nuclear Power plant....the Nuclear Plants in India are at the epicentre of nuclear debate.
Before Japan's recent earthquake followed by Tsunami, all the debate around Nuclear needs have been, whether we should go ahead for the Nuclear deal with the United States or not??? but now the issue is totally different and it is, " Do we have accident free Nuclear energy???
Undoubtedly we can say that Japan is one of the best country as far as disaster management is concerned, their people have been trained for so many years to face the worst situation that can come after earthquake or Tsunami.....But in spite of all that preparations and competency they are just not able to control the situation with the Nuclear Plants...at the same time when we look at India we have neither got such disaster management policies nor the expertise to fight this sort of natural disaster especially when there is Nuclear Plant involved into it.
Our experts have an opinion that today's need can be met by Fossil fuels, wind and Solar energy, but for the future Nuclear energy is the only option we have to look for. At the moment Nuclear energy contributes just 3% of India's Power generation and our Government is planning this share to go nearly 25% by the year 2050. Over the next few decades India is planning to spend an estimated $175 billion in importing new Nuclear Generation Power Plants from the US, France and Russia.
But don't forget that, when our Stock market grew we had Scams there.......When India's mobile fone's network expanded like anything, we had the famous historical 2G Scam there.....
And now when our Government is planning to pour so much into the Nuclear Power Industry...........
How can we be sure that there will not be any Hershad Mehta or A.Raja again ???
The Japanese crisis might well be a wake-up call for India...Are we going to heed the alarm or simply press the Snooze button ???