Paryavaran Suraksha Samiti, an NGO protesting against the Mithivirdi nuclear power plant, has written to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) pointing out anomalies in the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report prepared for the plant. While the NGO had highlighted flaws in the report on several occasions, this time it has pointed as to how the EIA ignored a 2005 report of the department of atomic energy raising concerns about the presence of Kalpasar dam and the ship-breaking yard close to the nuclear plant site.
The NGO, in its letter to the MoEF, has alleged that the EIA not only ignored the 2005 report but also failed to discuss the issues raised in it.
The NGO obtained a copy of the 2005 Site Selection Committee report of the department of atomic energy through RTI. “The report clearly states that the Kalpsar project, a multi-utility concrete dam across Gulf of Khambat, is being planned just 18 km upstream of the site which may have a bearing on the nuclear plant,” states the letter written by the NGO, quoting the site selection committee report.
The report raises concerns, including the possibility of flooding due to dam-break and dam-induced seismicity. It also makes a mention of the Sosiya ship-breaking yard that touches the exclusion zone boundary of the plant. “As per AERB Code, natural growth is permitted within sterilised zone up to 5 km but planned expansion of activities, which will lead to an enhanced population growth, is not allowed,” the report states.