The project, unlike coal, would emit only limited waste. Even these wastes would be carefully handled and disposed off. The marine life would not be affected in any manner.

The Kudankulam nuclear project is both viable and eco-friendly, said Daniel Chellappa, senior scientist, Advanced Nuclear Fuels, Department of Atomic Energy, here on Thursday.

Delivering a lecture on ‘Kudankulam nuke project: safe and eco-friendly' organised by the Rotary Clubs of Tiruchi Fort, Tiruchi Midtown and Tiruchi Rockcity, he said that the depleting reserves of coal, expensive outlay for tapping solar energy, and uncertainty in wind have all made energy generation a great challenge .

Explaining the technical details of the Kudankulam project, he said the geographical location of Kudankulam, proved to be an advantageous factor for the project, protecting it from any earthquake or tsunami. However, all precautionary measures had been taken to

protect it scientifically. “It had been built at an elevation, ensuring the safety to fission process equipment,” he said. The in-built sensors to instantly suspend fission in case of exigencies are another advantage,” he said.

The project, unlike coal, would emit only limited waste. Even these wastes would be carefully handled and disposed off. The marine life would not be affected in any manner.

The assured availability of uranium from Russia, and safe disposal of nuclear waste was one of the merits of the project.

Later, he replied to questions from the participants and clarified their doubts. S.Swaminathan, T.Kumaravelu and S.Ravi Subramanian, presidents of the Rotary Clubs of Tiruchi Fort, Tiruchi Midtown and Tiruchi Rockcity clubs were present.