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Time for Punjab to go in for a nuclear plant: IIM-A

April 19, 2017 06:59 AM

COURSTEY Apr 19 2017 : The Times of India (Chandigarh)
Time for Punjab to go in for a nuclear plant: IIM-A
Rohan Dua

The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) has suggested in a report submitted to the Punjab government that it is time for the state to have its own nuclear power plant.
The study has zeroed in on Ropar as the place to set up the nuclear plant. “ A nuclear power plant in Punjab has the advantage of a low variable cost, while the disadvantages are the risks (real and perceptual) due to any mishap,“ the IIM study has pointed out.

The authors feel that a collaborative effort between Punjab and Rajasthan may have greater potential for nuclear power generation given that Rajasthan has similar topography with similar pockets of very low density population.

The study called `Tariff and related matters: The electricity sector in Punjab' was commissioned by Punjab State Electricity Regulatory Commission (PSERC) last year in May . The report was submitted this year.

The authors considered various places in Punjab before zeroing in on Ropar. They looked at the Guru Nanak Dev Thermal Plant (GNDTP) in Bathinda, Guru Gobind Singh Thermal Plant Ropar. The authors also looked at the Guru Hargobind Thermal Plant at Lehra Mohabbat in Sangrur.

“Keeping in view the risks associated with a nuclear power plant, it requires three zones of permitted activity levels,“ the report says.

“One of the most impor tant components is that the outermost emergency planning zones of 16km radius requires that there be no population centre of more than 10,000 people in the main wind direction.“

The feasibility study was conducted on three parameters ­ exclusion zone (1.6 km), sterlised zone (5 km) and emergency planning (16 km). “Bathinda may marginally violate the exclusion zone requirements but certainly violates the emergency planning zone requirement with the city having grown all around. Ropar may be a better possibility, if population in the main wind direction within the 16km radius can be contained under 10,000 (population),“ the report states

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