PRIVATE players looking to set up nuclear power plants with full management control may have to wait as the government is yet to develop any mechanism for assessing the liability of operators in the event of an accident.

India is expanding uranium mining, a hazardous activity. Anil Kakodkar, the chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, recently inaugurated a uranium mine at Bagjata in East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand. Kakodkar, who is also secretary of the Department of Atomic Energy, spoke to ALOK GUPTA about safety concerns and the country

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nuclear energy Private players? Private players may soon be allowed entry into nuclear energy production. Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia said as much minutes before he went in to deliberate on the draft Integrated Energy Policy with the plan panel. The law will, however, have to be amended to allow the private sector to set up nuclear plants, he added.

In support of its poverty alleviation mandate, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to increasing access to clean and affordable energy for people throughout the Asia and Pacific region, particularly the poor.

energy-starved Sri Lanka has levied a tax on incandescent bulbs of over 40 watts and soon plans to ban the import and manufacture of bulbs of 75 watts and above. The target is to completely ban the se bulb by 2010. Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority (sea) hopes the move will help promote energy efficient compact fluorescent (cfl) bulbs.

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There are 229 identified coal blocks for allocation to specified end users and government companies on display on the website of Ministry of Coal. Till May 2008, as many as 182 coal blocks have been allocated to eligible companies. So far, production has commenced only in 13 blocks.

The India Infrastructure Report 2008 discusses: competitive bidding models for infrastructure projects and critical factors required for a minimum subsidy model to succeed; models on auction bidding for rural infrastructure, e-governance, and multi-channel delivery mechanism; tolling and payment mechanism models for roads, railways, and airports; models for public service financing and affordable

Transport economist Stuart Cole shares his views on India's options for effective transport management with Down To Earth.

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