Department of Space09-August, 2012 17:43 IST
Commissioning of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant

The commissioning of Unit-1 of Kudankulam project is schedule to be completed very soon.

The removal of dummy fuel and inspection of the Reactor Pressure Vessel have been completed in Unit-1. The report of inspection has been submitted to the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). No defects have been noticed during final inspections. After completing inspection, application for fuel loading has been submitted to regulatory authorities. This will be followed by fuel loading, approach to criticality and power generation after obtaining stage-wise clearance from the AERB.

An expert group of eminent scientists, academicians, doctors and engineers specializing in diverse fields constituted by the Government carried out a study of the safety and related aspects of the Kudankulam project and explained the same to the representatives of the people protesting against the commissioning of the project.

The expert group of the Central Government has comprehensively addressed the concerns expressed by the local people and others and found the Kudankulam Plant to be safe. An expert committee constituted by the Government of Tamil Nadu has also found this plant to be safe.

The above information was given by the Minister of State in the Ministry Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office (Shri V. Narayanasamy) in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.

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