New Delhi: The pressure on Central government over Jaitapur nuclear power project is mounting as association of employees of public sector units in Energy sector on Monday extended their support to the anti-Jaitapur protest.

Apart from terming the project as ‘wrong’, the employee union has also opposed the decision of increasing the nuclear power generation capacity by 13 percent over the next twenty years.

According to the engineers employed with the PSUs, the random expansion of nuclear power generation programme is all set to meet the same fate as that of Enron and Dabhol projects in Maharashtra.

All India Power Engineers Federation (AIPEF) president and former chief engineer of Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB) Padmajit Singh said, “Nowhere in the world except Fukushima and Jaitapur an effort has been made to establish six units of power generation capacity of 1650 mw.”

“Besides, the things are also not clear on cost and purchase of electricity on the per unit production,” he added.

Opposing the project, Singh said the public sector employee union will congregate in Hyderabad on June 5 and decide on their future strategy.

K Ashok Rao, president of Public Sector officials union, said the Fukkusima incident has shaken the entire world. The nuclear accidents are much more hazardous than a boiler explosion in thermal power stations, he added.

JPN/Bureau