Meanwhile in Mumbai / India.

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Even an emergency situation in Japan has failed to wake up our politicians to identify the risks involved in having a nuclear reactor. It became obvious as the majority of Maharashtra legislators were found sleeping during the speech of renowned nuclear experts on Monday.

The MLAs’ lack of interest in knowing about the advantages and disadvantages of a nuclear plant was seen during the lectures by some eminent scientists, including former Atomic Energy Commission chairman Anil Kakodkar, in Maharashtra Assembly.

As Kakodkar and others tried to address safety concerns over the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in the state, several legislators, including Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Forest minister Patang Rao Kadam, were repeatedly caught on camera napping through the lectures.

The MLAs seemed unconcerned while Kakodkar was trying to allay the fears about the safety of the proposed nuke power plant.

The locals in Jaitapur, particularly the fishermen community, have been opposing the setting up of the plant. Kakodkar said the plant would be built at a considerable height so it would not be at as much risk as the Fukushima plant in Japan, which faces risk of a radiation leak following the recent earthquake and tsunami.

{Via India Today}

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