Anti-nuclear campaigners join hands, to intensify protest at plant sites via The Economic Times

AHMEDABAD: Even before the nuclear industry gets its act together to build new plants, activists opposing India’s atomic energy programme have joined hands for co-ordinated protests at various sites where nuclear projects are planned.

Local activists are also in contact with anti-nuclear campaigners in Japan, including Kazue Suzuki of Greenpeace, who has offered to help Indian volunteers.

An organised agitation is expected to mount pressure on the government, which is already facing strident protests against the proposed 10,000 mw nuclear plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra.

India plans to build 30 new reactors to add 63,000 mw of capacity in the next two decades to reduce chronic power shortages that are impeding industrial growth. India currently produces 4,780 mw of nuclear power, which is projected to rise to 7,280 mw next year and over 20,000 mw by 2020.

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