July 18, 2018
Saugata Roy asks Question on setting up new nuclear plants
There are two mistakes in the reply given by the Hon’ble Minister. One, on page 1, Gorakhpur is mentioned being part of Haryana, which is not correct. The same should be corrected. On page 2, they’ve mentioned that in West Bengal, in Haripur, in-principle approval has been given for building a nuclear plant. The State Government has not cleared the project nor has it promised any land. I don’t know from where the Ministry got the fact that Haripur nuclear plant would be set up. The Minister should correct this.
But my question is regarding the problem of setting up new nuclear plants – it is a problem of civil liability for nuclear damage, and the insurance. The Minister has said in his reply that they have resolved this. No Bill, no legislation for civil liability for nuclear damage has been brought forward by the Government yet. Nor do we know what insurance will be paid to those who will be affected by nuclear disasters. I would like the Minister to clarify the position of the Government with regard to civil liability for nuclear damage and with regard to insurance pool.