In the Konkan, thousands of families in the environmentallyrich and verdant Jaitapur area are waging a non-violent battle against the Department of Atomic Energy’s plan to construct the world’s biggest nuclear power complex in the region.

The electricity generated from the proposed 9,900 MW Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) will be double, even triple the cost of electricity from coal- or gas-fired plants, according to a report.

Depending on the cost of capital, the unit cost of electricity from Jaitapur would come to Rs5 to Rs8 per kilowatt per hour.

The same unit from a thermal or gas operated plant costs Rs2 to 2.5 onl

The government is responding to people

The fourth unit of the 220 MW Kaiga Generating Station (KGS-4), located in Uttar Kannada district of Karnataka, was connected to the southern power grid in the early hours of Wednesday, after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) granted clearance to it.

KGS-4, which achieved first criticality on November 27 last, was

MUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Tuesday made an emotional appeal for the Jaitapur nuclear power project, saying that he would never tolerate an unsafe project for Maharashtra at any cost. Speaking at the

Amid boycott by dissenting voices, the open house on Jaitapur power project organised by the state government managed to project a happy picture of the nuclear plant. Almost all the participants supported the project.

Most of the participants, including the project affected people, welcomed the project and asserted that people with vested interest were spreading misconceptions.


India has a flourishing and largely indigenous nuclear power program and expects to have 20,000 MWe nuclear capacity on line by 2020 and 63,000 MWe by 2032. It aims to supply 25% of electricity from nuclear power by 2050.

NEW DELHI: The 10,000 MW nuclear power plant that the NPCIL proposes to set up at Jaitapur, Maharashtra, with reactors from French company Areva, was on the agenda of the Union Environment Ministry's Expert Appraisal Committee meeting on Monday.

According to some members, the committee plans to recommend a conditional environmental clearance for the plant.

State-owned National Aluminium Company (Nalco) has chalked out plans to enter the power business through the special purpose vehicle (SPV) route. The company plans to produce over 2,000 Mw by 2016.

Once equity investment in its power business starts, Nalco will hive off the business into an SPV named Nalco Power or Nalco Energy.