Mumbai: The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd’s environmentalist and editor of prestigious journal Nu-Power A. I. Siddiqui passed away after a brief illness, family sources said on Sunday. He was 54.
Siddiqui, who died at a city hospital on Saturday, was suffering from lung infection and was undergoing treatment for a month. He was on ventilator for the last three weeks, sources said.
Siddiqui is survived by wife Tahseen Fatima, two daughters and a son.
“Siddiqui, an engineer and a technologist, was steering the NPCIL’s Environment Stewardship programme. He was also a crusader in transforming the public perception of nuclear power as an environmental friendly one,” S. Thakur, NPCIL’s executive director (Corporate Planning), said.
Also a spokesperson for the NPCIL, Siddiqui showed how nuclear power plants attracted even the most endangered and migratory birds to their exclusion zone of 1.6 kilometre declaring them safe in a most natural way through his photography skill, he said.
Siddiqui, DGM Corporate communication, hailed from Bulandshahr District in Uttar Pradesh. He began his career from Narora Atomic Power in the Radiography section in 1976.
The top management of NPCIL brought him to the headquarters in Mumbai in 1990 after the Narora project was over where he was made in-charge of the public awareness programme, executive director of Koondankulam Project K. K. Kuldip told PTI.
In 1993, he took over the two leaflet Nu-Power house magazine of NPCIL and transformed it to a sophisticated technological corporate magazine of international standard with his skills of communication, he said.
Even during his illness, he completed his editorial for the latest Nu-Power journal from the hospital bed where he has compared the global financial crisis and environmental degradation, Kuldip said adding three months back he climbed the Great Wall of China and got a certificate from Chinese authorities.
Siddiqui took initiative to enter into a joint venture with Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) to have an environmental stewardship programme to monitor the fauna and flora in the exclusion zones of all the atomic power stations in the country, BNHS’s director Asad Rahmani said.
“We have recently signed an MoU with NPCIL for continuation of the stewardship programme and I hope the NPCIL will continue the programme to keep the spirit of the initiator for the purpose of habitat regeneration,” Rahmani said.
NPCIL had yesterday signed an MoU with the Surat Nature club to start an ‘Open Butterfly Park´ at the Kakrapar Atomic Power Plant site in Gujarat and will be named after Siddiqui as it was one of his dreams, Thakur said.