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Web Exclusive | January 2013

Experts advise AP govt to tap renewable energy

In Vijayawada, speakers at the day-long State convention of Indian Doctors for Peace and Development (IDPD) have advised the Andhra Pradesh government to encourage renewable energy, which is non-hazardous. Studies reveal that nuclear plants are causing health hazards, and the IDPD has asked the Centre to develop solar and wind energy plants, which will also help overcome the power crisis in the coming days.

The IDPD organised the seminar on ‘National Health Policy’ at Siddhartha Government Medical College in Vijayawada on January 19. Addressing the doctors, IDPD General Secretary and Punjab Medical Council member Arun Mithra said renewable energy was three times expensive compared to thermal power and double the cost of the energy generated from gas.

Solar and wind energies are costlier, but they are non-hazardous, he observed. Making a power-point presentation, he said in a study taken up on uranium mines in Jharkhand, it was observed that people living within 30-km of the mines were exposed to several health risks.

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