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'N-deal failure will spawn unclean tech'

If the Indo-US deal fails to take off, India will adopt alternative energy sources, warns Anil Kakodkar.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2006 23:17 IST

As the fate of Indo-US nuclear deal remains uncertain, India on Wednesday said if it does not go through the American Congressional process, the international community will stand to lose because New Delhi will adopt alternative energy sources which may not be eco-friendly.

Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) Chairman Anil Kakodkar emphasised that India had the potential to develop strong indigenous nuclear technological base irrespective of the future of the deal, which is aimed at allowing India access to atomic fuel and technology.

It remains to be seen whether or not the Senate takes up during the 'lame-duck' session next month the bill that entails change of US laws to enable civil nuclear cooperation with India, he told PTI here.

However, regardless of whether the deal goes through or not, Kakodkar said India's atomic energy programme remains robust and the country has the potential to develop strong indigenous nuclear technological base.

But the international community will lose, as India will adopt alternative energy options, which may not be eco-friendly, till it realises the thorium cycle, he said.

The AEC chairman maintained that the proposed deal will only provide additional atomic power capacity, but India would continue to pioneer technology in the thrust areas.

A bill on the nuclear deal is yet to be put to vote in the US Senate whose term expired earlier this month and it is hoped that the legislation will be considered during the 'lame-duck' session expected anytime after the November 7 Congressional elections.

After the US Congress clears the deal, New Delhi will have to convince the 45-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) to change its guidelines to make an exception for India.

"We have to get the US Congress clear (the deal) and then the NSG to change the guidelines as per India's requirement and also relax the guidelines making an exception for India as a responsible nuclearweapons power," Kakodkar said.

First Published: Oct 25, 2006 19:33 IST