To be viable, the nuclear reactors must be ring-fenced from a financial crisis at the US reactor maker and its Japanese parent Toshiba Corp.
Once hailed as the harbinger of a nuclear renaissance, the EPR is fast becoming one of the world’s most criticised and by far the most expensive nuclear white elephants.
Scientists think there is a mismatch between the government’s rhetoric on bettering India’s research output and how much it is willing to spend for the cause.
Violations of regulations continued unchecked under both Jayalalithaa and Karunanidhi, while successive governments at the Centre chose not to act either.
India already possesses a sufficient arsenal of fission weapons. Signing the CTBT now would lead to diplomatic gains and strengthen its case for NSG membership.
N.K. Sahoo was promoted in May this year as associate director of the physics group at BARC despite issues with his publications having been known for a while until then.
Even with the participation of so many actors, the observatory’s fate is hinged today on the pleas of scientists desperate to have an institution setup before they retire.
Particle physicist D. Indumathi talks about how she became a scientist, the challenges Indian scientists face and much more.
Earlier in June, the National Centre for Performing Arts allowed Homi Bhabha’s home in Mumbai to be demolished. Scientists, historians and political leaders are all to blame for this sacrilege.
Within a year of the Union Cabinet sanctioning Rs.1,500 crore for its construction, the India-based Neutrino Observatory has become stalled, hemmed in by party politics, anti-nuclear activism and history.
India is looking to become part of the informal ‘contact group’, ‘countering nuclear smuggling’ and ‘training and support centre’ circles.
The experience with the Kudankulam 1 and 2 reactors suggests that the project is likely to be significantly delayed with higher costs than projected.
Though the Kerala High Court has upheld the constitutionality of the controversial nuclear liability law, the arguments raised by the litigants in their petition and the grounds for its dismissal did not touch upon the law’s most contentious elements.
The delay in the commissioning of the India-based Neutrino Observatory due to opposition by local politicians and activists is affecting the ability of Indian scientists to once again claim leadership of experimental neutrino physics.