Planning Commission member and scientist K. Kasturirangan has said that Kerala and Tamil Nadu have enjoyed an excellent relationship over the past decades and centuries and it should not get vitiated over the Mullaperiyar dam issue.
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the Prof. K.V. Thomas endowment 10th national seminar at Sacred Heart College here on Wednesday, Dr. Kasturirangan said he had not gone into the engineering details to say what was right and what was wrong.
“I think what is to be done has to be done. There is no question of overlooking something if there is concern,” he said.
Referring to the ongoing debate on nuclear energy and its safety aspects, Dr. Kasturirangan said that nuclear energy was pretty important for the nation.
“We do not have many options. We need to have the energy from the nuclear programme. I think what is going on is in the right direction. We should make sure that all concerns which are there among the public must be removed. And on the other side, we should go up in the most pragmatic way towards developing India's nuclear programme in a way that it becomes a substantive component of the energy mix that we want in the next two decades,” he said.
Asked about the discovery of Kepler 22b planet, Dr. Kasturirangan said it looks to be the most promising in terms of possible existence of life, provided, of course, the atmosphere is right. “I think calculations show that it is well within the habitable zone for life to evolve. But the question is: Has it got the right atmosphere? Is it only rocky? These are questions to be answered. The Kepler (telescope) does not have the ability to compute the mass of the planet,” he said.
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