Kalam to tour nuke reactors in coastal belts

Former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday said he would visit all nuclear reactors across coastal belts to hold discussions with scientists.

Coimbatore: In a significant development in
the backdrop of anti-nuclear activists intensifying their stir
against the Koodankulam plant, former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday said he would visit all nuclear reactors across
coastal belts to hold discussions with scientists.

"I will visit all these reactors across coastal belts and
personally hold discussions with the scientists about all
aspects. It will take at least 10 days to visit and gather all
information, after which a report will be made," he told
reporters at Nandankarai, about 25 km from here. He, however,
did not elaborate.

Kalam was replying to a question on the ongoing protest
by people at Idinthakarai village against the Koodankulam
Nuclear Power plant.
The noted space scientist said nuclear power is clean
energy and the nation can achieve energy independence by
tapping it.

Anti-KNPP agitators had intensified their agitation since
the past three days, preventing entry of workers and
scientists into the complex by blocking the main gate.

Last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had promised to
set up an expert group to allay fears of locals over the
plant, but made it clear that pursuit of nuclear energy would
continue while giving full regard to safety aspects.
Noting that "legitimate" and "understandable" concerns
are being expressed about nuclear safety after the Fukushima
accident, he had said government was "fully alive" to it and
sought to actively reach out to local populations at various
nuclear power sites and other sections of society.

PTI

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