The Icfai University Journal of Infrastructure, Vol. VI, No. 4, pp.48-64, December 2008
Abstract: Where, how and at what sociopolitical, economic and geopolitical cost, do we generate a deficit-and-crisis-free quality power? This is the issue, which needs to be addressed while debating over the eventual import of civilian nuclear power. We have neglected the power sector for too long. Had we given coal its due importance even two decades back, India today would have been in a far better position of bargaining in respect of civilian nuclear power import. In view of the problems associated with carbon emission, fly ash disposal, massive requirement of water we, however, cannot solely rely on what we have most, coal. We hardly have natural gas for power generation. Hydroelectricity on an excessive scale in Himalayas can irreversibly damage the environment with serious socio-economic and consequently, political implications. Therefore, India also needs an energy mix and 5-10% contribution from nuclear sector, which could possibly be the right choice. Even at that level, because of the limitations imposed by nuclear waste disposal, we would possibly be forced to restrict our generation through imported technology to not more than 40,000 MW. That might somehow 'manage' the situation for the next couple of decades. What after that?
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Date posted: December 14, 2008 ; Last revised: December 14, 2008
Bhattacharya , Sumantra ,Power Paradox of India and Imported Nuclear Power Technology(December 13, 2008). The Icfai University Journal of Infrastructure, Vol. VI, No. 4, pp.48-64, December 2008. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1315586