The year marked with protests surrounding nuclear power installations in India ended with a twist-in-the-tale — Australia allowed a change of policy to export uranium to India, despite India being a non-signatory to the non-proliferation treaty. Protests at Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu following the Fukushima disaster had put the government in a tight spot. The plant was ready to fire all guns with the Russian-built reactors but anti-nuclear protests have forced government to defer the ribbon-cutting ceremony indefinitely. Jaitapur in Maharashtra also saw similar protests halting work to set up the French nuclear power reactors there.
The country is doddering along to meet its nuclear forecast figures. In this closing week of the year, we analyse the future of the Indian nuclear programme in this feature and look at how well India is coping with the hurdles coming her way in realising the golden agenda — that of obtaining one fourth of all energy needs through nuclear power by 2050.