Child of Ganga

Meadow muffins (cow patty)

Posted in Uncategorized by Nadia Kamil on November 23, 2008


Collecting cow dung to be used as fuel

Nandan: There had been a plan to build a biogas plant in Benaras but due to some political reasons it was cancelled. Biogas plants make use of “green energy”, it would have taken all our waste. That is what Benaras actually needs. We would no longer have to channel all the sewage into Ganga. But after a change in political parties the government now wants to build a nuclear power plant, with the US and Russia providing uranium. The nuclear power plant is going to produce even more waste, waste that we will never be able to get rid of. With nuclear power, you cannot afford to make any mistake. This is going to be a huge, huge problem in India.

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Technically not part of my project, but very interesting nonetheless:

India still faces severe challenges regarding the operational safety of all kinds of nuclear installations, from uranium mines to nuclear power stations. While the government boasts that the management and disposal of waste has been carried out fairly satisfactorily, there remain severe criticisms on the over all activities of nuclear energy. Public protests against Uranium Corporation of India Ltd’s (UCIL) have prevented it from opening up any new mine since 1985.

Independent studies have alleged that irresponsible handling of uranium ore had put some 50,000 people in Jaduguda at risk and caused genetic deformities in the area. Though Domiasat village in Meghalaya’s West Khasi Hills contains India’s largest and richest uranium reserve, UCIL officials are not welcomed by the indigenous communities in the Domiasat.

There are also serious problems to do with treating and disposing of the large volumes of highly radioactive waste generated not only by nuclear reactors but also by plants that extract plutonium or produce nuclear fuel. There is also the question of cost of decommissioning nuclear reactors after their useful life. Safety of nuclear reactors has also become an issue of concern.

(Source: http://ecoworld.com/features/2006/09/10/nuclear-power-in-india)

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  1. hazariah said, on November 24, 2008 at 10:29 am

    dear nadia,
    lets set up an NGO in India (when i’ve grown extra extra richer)!

    we can ask the selenges to join us also! plus jules know FIRST AID! YES! :D

  2. The Donkey said, on November 24, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Haha! I tot I was reading some Channel Newsasia’s Article! But they are so poor thing. How can the government like that! :(

  3. lexy said, on November 24, 2008 at 1:45 pm

    oh that was what i actually telling you about! The cow patty!
    thats really many challenges in india but dont worry. You can overcome it. Yea the government seriously.. “speechless”

  4. ngiam said, on November 24, 2008 at 8:13 pm

    governments serve those who put them in power: i.e. rich companies and other countries’ governments.
    no problems with our government though, they seem to serve only themselves.


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