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Cost-benefit analysis of nuclear power houses urged


KARACHI: Since Pakistan faces a severe energy crisis, a detailed study should be conducted on the technical pros and cons of utilising the nuclear energy as an alternate resource, said experts at the Executive Committee meeting of the IUCN Pakistan National Committee at the IUCN Country Office on Wednesday. 
They discussed the setting up of new nuclear plants with support from China, and opined that though a severe energy crisis in the country could not be ignored.
Members expressed serious concerns on the location of sites in a close proximity to the most densely populated city of the country, which requires utmost care and caution before proceeding. 
Other aspects of the issue, ie, contingency evacuation plan in case of any emergency and proper disposal of the nuclear waste also requires to have an in-depth study. They demanded that a proper EIA of the proposed energy option should be carried out with full stakeholder consultation and public hearing, as required by law.
While reviewing a letter sent by the Heirs of H.H. (late) Ameer of Bahawalpur regarding deteriorating condition of Derawar Fort in Cholistan Desert, the members felt that, after the 18th amendment, the Punjab government needs to take urgent cognisance of this issue and take concrete efforts to protect this unique heritage site and plan to also take steps to get it included it in the World Heritage sites of the World. 
Members also appreciated the recent drive by the Sindh government to take concrete steps to raise the awareness and also save their historical and cultural heritage. The Punjab government also needed to ensure that this invaluable heritage is preserved for future generations.  
Mehmood Akhtar Cheema, Country Representative IUCN Pakistan presented an overview of the IUCN World Parks Congress to be held in Sydney, Australia from November 12-19, 2014. The participants discussed effective participation in the World Parks Congress to showcase and present results of some of the initiatives related to National Parks and Protected Areas in Pakistan. 
Participants of the Executive Committee Meeting include Malik Amin Aslam, IUCN global Vice President and Regional Councillor, Asia; Javed Jabbar, Founding President, Baanhn Beli and former IUCN global Vice President and Regional Councillor and Syed Mehmood Nasir, among others.
The Executive Committee members elected Malik Amin Aslam as chairperson of the Pakistan National Committee of IUCN Member; Syed Mehmood Nasir as the Vice Chair and Nadir Gul as a member of the Executive Committee. The Pakistan National Committee comprises the Climate Change Division as a state member, six government agencies, 27 NGOs and one international organisation. 

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