Nuclear energy inevitable option for India: Experts

Last Updated: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 21:03

Mumbai: Nuclear energy will continue to be
an inevitable option for India as other alternative renewable
energy sources, including solar, will take few more years to
establish as a commercially viable technology, according to
scientists.

Experts from radiation safety, nuclear technology and
nuclear medicine said here at a seminar that nuclear power
technology in India and the world was "matured and safe".

Speaking on `Nuclear Energy: Perceptions and Reality` at
a day-long seminar `Nuclear Energy in India`, hosted by the
Vijnan Bharati here yesterday, former chairman of Atomic
Energy Commission Anil Kakodkar stressed on scientific
realities while demystifying certain perceptions about nuclear
energy.

"India needs nuclear as well as solar energy to meet its
huge energy requirement but at the same time commercial
technology viability has to be taken into consideration," he
said.

"It is unfortunate that those who are blindly
anti-nuclear are ready only to listen to all unscientifically
exaggerated facts and it seems the country is at crossroads.

"Although the nuclear technologies are mature and safe,
still due to such argumentative mood created in the country
recently, the projected power generation through the imported
reactors has been further delayed. We have lost three years
already," Kakodkar said.

PTI



First Published: Monday, May 23, 2011 - 21:03

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