Speaking during an interaction with students, Kalam made his stand clear on the controversial Koodankulam n-plant issue and said that the country needed clean energy like nuclear power for its development. He added, “All safety measures would be taken care of by the technicians and scientists."
Besides his inspiring role as President of India, Kalam is also a renowned missile scientist whose views on science and technology are lauded all over the world. He was replying to student"s queries on whether the Koodankulam Nuclear plant will be detrimental to Tamil Nadu.
He further substantiated his claims and said that one litre of petrol produced two kgs of carbon dioxide that would ultimately affect the environment. He commented that India was capable enough to produce thorium-based fuel for generating energy. Keeping in mind environmental concerns, he said that future power generation should be tapped from solar, wind, nuclear and hydel sources.
The nuclear power project has been embroiled in controversy with the protests intensifying and as many as 100 villages going on a fast. They fear that the coming of the project will lead to safety compromises in the area. The nuclear project is an Indo-Russian initiative to use n-power to generate power in the country.