Church leaders protest Indian nuclear power plant

May 9, 2011

Church leaders in Maharashtra, India, have added their voice to a movement opposed to several proposed nuclear projects in the state, including what would be the largest nuclear power generating plant in the world.

“We don’t want a Chernobyl nuclear disaster or Fukushima crisis to happen in India,” Bishop Alwyn Barreto of Sindhudurg told the Asian Church news agency UCA News April 28.

The Indian government plans to introduce a bill in parliament to create an independent and autonomous nuclear regulatory authority before starting construction of the $10 billion, 9,900-megawatt, six reactor Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project.

It is just one of several nuclear projects planned for a 180-km-long strip along the Arabian Sea.