Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Talk on “Recent Nuclear Disaster in Japan and the Lessons for India” by Dr. M.R. Srinivasan, Former Chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India, on Tuesday, 5th April, 2011 at 6:30 pm. The talk was moderated by Prof. V.S. Ramamurthy, Director, The National Institute of Advanced Studies.
Dr. Srinivasan, through his powerpoint presentation indicated that Indian nuclear plants have safety measures better than the ill-fated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plants in Japan. He said that the cooling system of the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan malfunctioned due to flooding of the generators, which led to radiation leakage and subsequent evacuation of residents of the area.
Dr. Srinivasan pointed out the requirement of large quantity of water for cooling at a nuclear plant and sea being the largest water body, seaside makes an ideal location for such plants. He mentioned that India already has three nuclear plants in Kalpakkam, Tarapur and Kundakulam, near the seaside. He stated that we have followed the policy of not setting up a nuclear power plant in areas that come under zones four and five of earthquake intensity. All nuclear plants in the country are located in zone two and three. The only exception is the Narora nuclear power plant which is in zone four.
The talk was followed by a question - answer session. The audience was generally of the view that an event like the great earthquake and the ensuing nuclear accident in Japan demand a thorough review of the safety features of existing and planned power plants in India.
Prof. V.S. Ramamurthy concluded the discussion by stating “what the country needs is to look at the Japanese experience with a cool head and a sharp eye”. In India, safety factor is always the top priority while designing a nuclear plant.
The event was well attended by the members of BIC.