Articles by: VT Padmanabhan

Do the dams attenuate or amplify floods?

Do the dams attenuate or amplify floods?

A case study on the Role of Dams on the River Periyar during the 2018 Kerala Floods Note:  This analysis of the 2018 Kerala Floods, completed in September 2018 could not be published due to health and other reasons. The first phase of the 2018 floods before August 15 was more due to mismanagement or hoarding of water in the[Read More…]

April 25, 2020 India
Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

Covid-19:  Analysis of the Global Pandemic as on 20 March 2020

The 2009 swine flu pandemic caused by a new strain of H1N1 virus infected as many as 1.4 billion people across the globe and killed between 151,700 and 575,400 people, during eight months according to the US Centre for Disease Control.  The newly emerged coronavirus disease of 2019 (Covid-19) caused by SARS-Cov-2 virus is nowhere near that, at least as[Read More…]

March 24, 2020 World
What Else In Wuhan? Suspected Cases In COVID-19 Epidemic Database Of China

What Else In Wuhan? Suspected Cases In COVID-19 Epidemic Database Of China

With cases reported from over 100 countries, corona virus disease of 2019 (covid-19) is a pandemic now.  The disease is caused by the virus called SARS-Cov-2, which is thought to have jumped from the flying mammal bats, sold at the illegal wildlife market inside the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, the capital city of Hubei Province in South Central China.[Read More…]

March 10, 2020 World
A 12500 Sq Km Lie in Court to save an Illegal Building: Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority’s Kamikaze Act in 2003

A 12500 Sq Km Lie in Court to save an Illegal Building: Kerala Coastal Zone Management Authority’s Kamikaze Act in 2003

The Government of India published the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification in 1991, approved the Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP) in 1996, and appointed the Kerala State Coastal Zone Management Authority (KCZMA) for implementing it in 1998. After two decades of its coming into being, the government says there are 26,000 buildings constructed in violation of the CRZ Rules in[Read More…]

February 7, 2020 Environmental Protection
Maradu Flat Demolition Fraught With Danger

Maradu Flat Demolition Fraught With Danger

DEMOLITION OF BUILDINGS VIOLATING COASTAL REGULATION ZONE (CRZ) NOTIFICATIONS IN KERALA, INDIA, 2020 Executive Summary The Kerala State is the biggest violator of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, which regulates construction activities in the sensitive coasts of the sea and the backwaters in India.  According one report, there are 1800 buildings, including star hotels, luxury apartment blocks, shopping malls[Read More…]

January 5, 2020 Environmental Protection
Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant: Second Reactor Also Commissioned Illegally

The KNNPP is a technological hoax, an abominable goof-up. The dogged determination to have commissioned it shows that the authorities is mortgaged to alien corporate interests reminding us of Andrew Undershaft in George Bernard Shaw, “Well, I am a millionaire and that is my religion”.

May 23, 2017 India
India Based Neutrino Observatory–Internal Report Shows Aquifer Impact Is Inevitable

India Based Neutrino Observatory–Internal Report Shows Aquifer Impact Is Inevitable

The India­based Neutrino Observaory (INO) proposed to be set up under the Cardamom Hills (09.9632361°N, 077.2729306°E) in the Western Ghats, a UNESCO heritage site,  near the Kerala­Tamil Nadu border with its entry portal in Pottipuram village in Theni  district   of   Tamil   Nadu   has   been   opposed   by   the   local   communities   and  the environmentalists. The first INO Risk Audit Report was published in Countercurrents. 2  The main issues raised in the the Risk Audit Group’s articles are: (a) The construction has the potential to cause hydro­geological calamities  which will affect the livelihood of close to 10 million people in six districts of Tamil  Nadu and Kerala, who depend on the waters stored in reservoirs within the INO  neighbourhood.3 (b) Violation of the Federal Principles by the Ministry of Environment, Forest  and Climate change as this is an inter­state project (Kerala and Tamil Nadu States)  and the Government of Kerala has not even been informed about it. The appeal against the grant of environmental clearance to INO in the Hon’ble National  Green Tribunal, Southern Zone Chennai filed by G Sundararajan is coming up for final  arguments in early March 2017.  Among the grounds for the appeal was the potential  impacts on the aquifer and water bodies.  About a year after the filing of the appeal in  NGT and some four years after the award of prior environmental clearance by the  Government of India,  the Tata Institute of Fundamenal Research (TIFR) has kindly  uploaded on its website the Detailed Project Report (DPR) of INO prepared in December  2010 by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).  With  the publication of the DPR it will be easy for Lawyers Sundarrajan and Vetri Selvan to  convince the Hon’ble Tribunal about the impending water related disaster if the  scientists are allowed to blast the Ghats.  This report clearly mentions that tunnelling  can disrupt the aquifers, there will be water loss and elaborate arrangements will be  made for pumping the water out. Water Loss in INO’s Detailed Project Report The INO proponents were aware of the ‘inevitability’ of aquifer damage as these quotes  from INO’s Detailed Project Report (DPR)4 prepared in December 2010 by the Tamil  Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) reveal: Read the full report Here[Read More…]

February 18, 2017 Environmental Protection
Refuelling At Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant A Major Health Hazard

Refuelling At Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant A Major Health Hazard

During December 2016, the world’s first Generation-III pressusrized water reactor (PWR)at Kudamkulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) in India will be shut down for its second refueling. The 1000 MW WWER reactor, a joint venture of Russia’s Rosatom and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) was grid connected three years ago. About 56 used (spent) fuel assemblies will be[Read More…]

November 8, 2016 Environmental Protection
Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

Illegal Reactor Experiments At The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, India

What is being done at KKNPP-1 is known as ‘power up-rate experiment’ defined as “the operation beyond the power level licensed by the regulatory body” (IAEA). There are three types of power uprates: (i) “measurement uncertainty recapture” uprate, which involves an increase of less than 2% and is achieved by implementing enhanced techniques for calculating reactor power levels, (ii) “stretch” uprates where increases are between 2 and 7% and (iii) “extended” uprates with increases of up to 20%. Stretch and extended uprates involve changes to instrumentation settings and significant modifications to turbines, condensate pumps, motors, main generators and/or transformers. Since an uprated machine is made to work beyond the design limit, there is always a risk of an accident

August 21, 2016 India
Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

Koodankulam: Transfer Of A Failed And Unsafe Reactor Through Video Conference Between Kremlin And Delhi

On 5th August 2016, the Russian News Agency TASS reported from Moscow that on 10 August 2016, “the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will take part via videoconference in the ceremony dedicated to handover of the first power unit of Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP-1) to the Indian side” and during the conference the “leaders of both nations will hail the fact of plant’s first unit”

August 8, 2016 India