State proposes, Kakodkar disposes

At a meeting attended by Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa, Energy Minister Eshwarappa and Home Minister V S Acharya, the government proposed the site Mannur in Basavana Bagewadi taluk in Bijapur district for the setting up of a 2,100 MW capacity nuclear plant.

Energy Secretary K Jairaj said that the site was 10 kms from Kudigi and it was ideal for the plant site as land was easy to acquire and there were no environmental issues. The place is situated 350 kms from Goa and 30 kms from Almatti.

However, Kakodkar was not keen on the idea, as the site chosen was not a coastal place.

He said that all the nuclear power sites in the country were situated in the coastal area, as the heavy equipment needed to set up reactors would be difficult to transport by road.

He suggested that the government come up with alternative sites. But he promised that they would consider the Bijapur site and that a site selection committee would visit the place soon.

In view of the problem, Chief Secretary Sudhakar Rao suggested going ahead with the setting up of two additional units at Kaiga (700x2) as the site was known and all the data available. Kakodkar shot the idea down saying that the first priority would be the setting up of greenfield site and the expansion plans at Kaiga would be taken up later.

Kakodkar also mentioned that uranium supply had eased increasing power generation in the nuclear plants.

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