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‘Nuclear Bus’ launched to spread info on nuclear safety

Published : 30 Nov 2022 09:19 PM | Updated : 01 Dec 2022 07:26 PM

A specially designed bus named Nuclear Bus was launched for a week-long journey from Dhaka on Wednesday to travel across several districts in the northern part of the country to enhance knowledge, mostly on science, nuclear technology and its safety. 

The bus was launched with a view to creating public interest on the topics and spread knowledge on use of eco-friendly technologies as well as its versatile application in different spheres of life. The special program has been launched marking the celebration of Nuclear Day and beginning of Science Festival. 

During the tour, a team of young engineers from Information Center on Nuclear Energy (ICONE), Dhaka and Public Information Centre (PIC) on Nuclear, Ishwardi and representative of BAEC travelling in the bus will organize over thirteen roadside public events. 

During each event young professionals will closely interact with the people, brief them on the use of nuclear technology in safe generation of eco-friendly electricity, especially about Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant and its safety features and also the socio-ecomic benefits of the project. 

They will also take questions from the public, science-based quiz competition and games will be added to attract public attention. Most active participants and winners of competitions will receive attractive souvenirs and gifts. Besides, informative leaflets, booklets will also be distributed among the general people.

The Nuclear Bus tour is organized for the second year with the support from Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission (BAEC) and Rosatom State Corporation of Russia. 

The first ever Nuclear Power Plant of Bangladesh with 2400MW of capacity at Rooppur of Pabna district is being implemented with the financial and technical assistance from Russia. The Rooppur NPP will host two units, each with a generation III+ Russian VVER 1200 reactor, which meets all international safety requirements.