A bigger nuclear power plant in the Western Ghats, anyone?

The National Green Tribunal has suspended a plan to expand the Kaiga atomic power plant in the absence of a study of its impact on the fragile ecosystem.

The Western Ghats are home to hundreds of unique plants, birds, reptiles as well as wild animals, dense forests, waterfalls, cliffs… and a nuclear power plant. Commissioned in the year 2000 in Karnataka’s coastal Karwar taluka, the Kaiga atomic power plant is located in one of the world’s hottest biodiversity hotspots. The plant required clearing evergreen forests in a tiger habitat. Its reactors are cooled by water drawn from the Kali river that originates in the ghats and courses past forests that have, since 2007, been designated as a tiger reserve.

This would look like a horror story for lovers …

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Nihar Gokhale

Nihar Gokhale led the Chaos coverage at The Morning Context. Nihar wrote on the environment, the economy and resource conflicts in India. He has reported from across the country on everything from displacement, pollution and environmental violations to land regulation, corruption and human rights. He was earlier associate editor at Land Conflict Watch, and his work has appeared in Scroll, The Wire, IndiaSpend, The Caravan and Mongabay India.

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