Rethink Bullet Train and Nuclear Imports!: Former Union Secretary EAS Sarma’s Open Letter After Mega-Scam in Japan

We are publishing the letter written to Railway Board, by Shri EAS Sarma, the former Union Secretary in Power Min, flagging the recent corruption scandal in Japan involving the largest companies in its steel industry.

To

Shri Ashwani Lohani
Chairman
Railway Board

Dr Sekhar Basu
Secretary
Dept of Atomic Energy (DAE)

Dear Shri Lohani & Dr Basu,

You must have seen the reports on how the Japanese company, Kobe has been found to have falsified quality certification for the steel components supplied by it world over for bullet trains and nuclear reactors. I enclose a few such reports, in case you have not seen them.

From the enclosed reports, you will find that several Japanese companies are involved in supplying substandard steel parts. In addition to Kobe, Japan Casting & Forging Corporation, Japan Steel Works (JSW) are also involved.

This above reports are relevant to the joint Indo-French Agreement signed by the Prime Minister sometime ago w.r.t the setting up of the Jaitapur nuclear power project by the French company, Areva and the joint India-Japan agreement signed by the Prime Minister in September this year w.r.t. Mumbai Ahmedabad High Speed Railway (MAHSR). Safety of the nuclear power plant and the safety of the bullet trains are crucially dependent on the quality of the equipment supplied by the foreign companies. Areva procures some important steel components from Japanese companies.

The problem of supply of substandard parts is a widespread one covering many suppliers other than Japanese companies.

I hope you will exercise due diligence in this matter.

Regards,

Yours sincerely,

E A S Sarma
Former Secretary to GOI
Visakhapatnam
16-10-2017