Atomic Energy Commission former chairman Anil Kakodkar has asserted the inevitability of switching over to nuclear energy claiming that harnessing nuclear and solar energies was the only solution to meet the long term energy requirements of the country.
Dr. Kakodkar said the apprehensions among the people about the risk involved in nuclear energy should be allayed so that people will understand the “risk involved in not switching over to nuclear energy”. Nuclear energy was quite safe by comparative standards and effort should be made to distinguish between “actual risk and perceived risk.”
The former Atomic Energy Commission chairman was here on Wednesday to deliver A.V. Rama Rao lecture at the Indian Institute of Chemical Technology as part of the National Technology Day celebrations.
He refuted the arguments against nuclear power like exposure to radiation and risk of cancers claiming that studies conducted had not proved such allegations conclusively.
On the contrary, not a single radiation-related death was reported in Fukushima incident in Japan while the number was much smaller in Chernobyl.
Increased dependence on conventional sources such as coal and fossil fuels posed threats in the form of climate change and excessive carbon emissions.
“We have to do something before we reach the tipping point which is irreversible,” he said.
The transition to nuclear energy was not an easy one as there were several unresolved issues including opposition by some countries to recycling of fuel and permanent disposal of used fuel. IICT director J.S. Yadav welcomed the participants.