The decision to set up a nuclear power station with USA made reactors in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh has invited lot of criticism and concern from the environmental and social activists. They believe that the storage of nuclear waste, the release of radioactive material and disposing of outlived power plants would have disastrous repercussions.
"The U.S. has not set up a single nuclear plant since the infamous Three Mile Island disaster, which caused radiation leak," said former Union Power Secretary E.A.S. Sarma. He said, "The U.S. companies have found a new client in India. We are allowing the U.S. companies to do in our shores what it has not done for years in its own domain in the name of safety of the people."
The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL), meanwhile, is confident of completing the land acquisition process for Kovvada and four other coastal-based plants within one and half years. It wants clearances for the plants as fast-track projects.
The work under way for establishment of Bhaba Atomic Research Centre near Atchyutapuram is also considered significant in view of the proposed nuclear power plant.