Bandung, W Java (ANTARA) - The National Nuclear Energy Agency of Indonesia (BATAN) will unveil a tour on nuclear technology on October 30, 2019, in a bid to edify the public on nuclear technology.

"The effort reiterates that Bandung, West Java, had entered the era of nuclear technology since 1965. Hence, when will the tour on nuclear technology begin? We will launch it on the 30th of October. We will invite the public to attend it. Our hope is that the Bandung mayor would inaugurate the technology tour," Head of the Center for Applied Nuclear Science and Technology (PSTNT) Agency of BATAN Jupiter Sitorus Pane remarked in Bandung on Wednesday.

Pane noted that the tour will bring visitors to several places in Batan, including to Reactors, Isotope Production Labs, Marked Compound Labs, Nuclear Analysis Techniques, NAA, Animal Labs, and Reactor Conversion Labs for Applied Nuclear Science and Technology Agency (PSTNT) on Jalan Taman Sari No. 7 Bandung City.

"We are targeting the educated crowd, such as students and community leaders because this is a nuclear facility, a vital object. Hence, those, who can visit nuclear facilities, must be above 18 years of age. Those under 18 years may only be allowed to enter the exhibition hall," he stated.

He revealed that those interested can avail the tour free of charge.

"We are highly concerned about the security and safety aspects. Security here is strict and that is the standard. We appeal to the public to understand it. Hence, later, there will also be a companion. However, the procedure will not be scary," he explained.

In the meantime, Head of the Culture and Tourism Office of Bandung City Kenny Dewi Kaniasari stated that the management of nuclear energy into an alternative energy source was an intriguing topic to be conveyed to citizens.

She urged Batan to package the tour in an attractive manner taking into account the lack of proper understanding of nuclear technology among several people.

People still view nuclear energy as something dangerous.

Furthermore, Dewi has invited the tourism industry in Bandung City to support the tour by chalking out a special program.

"We will prepare the tourism route with various points. We will invite the tourism industry to support this technology tour by creating special tour packages," she stated.

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Translator: Ajat Sudrajat/ Azis Kurmala
Editor: Sri Haryati
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