Bangalore: Cautioning against keeping "high-investment facilities" idle, former Atomic Energy
Commission chief M R Srinivasan has sought a vigorous public relations push to counter the "misinformation campaign"
against the Kundankulam Nuclear Project.
Noting that there is some amount of misunderstanding in
the minds of the people protesting against the project after
the Fukushima accident in Japan, he said, "Safety is not in
"The Atomic Energy Department, Nuclear Power Corporation
of India Ltd and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board have done
extensive rechecks and they are satisfied that the circumstances that led to the Fukushima accident, are not at all likely to happen in Kudankulam," Srinivasan told reporters.
But he said some people who are traditionally opposed to
nuclear energy keep saying that lives would be in danger
around nuclear reactors.
He said there are rumours doing the rounds that more land
would be acquired displacing people and livelihood of the
local fishing community would be affected vis-?-vis
"These are not true at all. They do not intend to take
any more land even when they want to put up extra units."
Srinivasan pointed out that fishing activity is going on
without impediment in coastal nuclear sites of Tarapur and
Kalpakkam, and the atomic facilities there have made positive
impact on the local economy.
"There is a certain degree of misinformation campaign (in
Kudankulam).In my opinion that has to be neutralised with more
information and dialogue between the NPCIL and the Atomic
Energy Department on the one hand and the public and their
leadership on the other..," he said.