Top Indian scientists to launch nation-wide protest for ban on nuclear plants Published: Wednesday, Oct 19, 2011, 17:45 IST By DNA Correspondent | Place: Chennai | Agency: DNA
The agitation against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) is a prelude to an-all India uprising for a total moratorium on nuclear energy, said a former Atomic Energy Commission scientist.
“We will soon launch an all-India agitation demanding a total ban on nuclear power plants,” Dr MP Parameswaran, who holds India’s first PhD in nuclear engineering told DNA. Many top scientists in the country have expressed their desire to join this nation-wide agitation.
Dr Parameswaran,a former scientist/nuclear engineer with Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Trombay quit DAE in 1975 after he learnt that nuclear energy was not a viable option. “Nuclear power plants are dangerous and should be shut down. There is a total veil of secrecy over their functioning. Our agitation is to force the government to enact a legislation banning nuclear plants,” he said.
He pointed out that an agitation by the top scientists of the US forced the country’s government to do away with the construction of any nuclear power plants. “Since 1977, USA has not built any new nuclear power plants.Many old plants were converted to coal- powered thermal stations. The three-year long agitation launched in 1974 saw all Nobel Prize winning scientists of the USA coming out against nuclear power plants,” he said.
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