The article “The real questions from Kudankulam” (Sept. 14) shows that people are still unable to understand the importance of nuclear energy. A proper regulatory mechanism is the key.
Milan Tirtha Samanta,
The locals should accept the safety measures undertaken by nuclear authorities. The media must emphasise the security measure.
A wrong impression is being created that those who are in charge of Kudankulam are miles away from the scene. Nuclear experts, scientists, engineers, technicians and employees of all categories live and work close to the reactors along with their families. Naturally, their prime objective will be to ensure cent per cent safety of the people around.
From nuclear power plants, to industrial areas, to landfills, the trend has always been that these are placed far from the main. We city dwellers reap the benefits and leave villagers, farmers and fishing communities (and their children) to deal with the hazards.
When we talk about the benefits of technology, we should be the first ones to face any hazards it causes and not innocent people who have nothing to do with it.
Davis George Thomas,
As a one-time engineer I do believe that atomic power plants are built to be safe, as are aircraft, boilers, etc. Only the scale of disaster, should something go wrong, would be several orders greater in a nuclear accident.
However, even assuming that the danger of something going wrong is a negligible probability, the big difference seems to be that one cannot switch off a fission reactor and use the place for something else in the future. So when building atomic power stations we are taking a decision which affects people who cannot have any say in the matter.
D. Krishna Warrier,