Ministry of Power02-May, 2013 20:42 IST
Safety of Nuclear Power Plant
The safety reviews of the Indian nuclear power plants (NPPs) are carried out by the regulatory authority, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). All nuclear power projects undergo an elaborate in-depth safety review during the consenting stages, viz. siting, construction, commissioning, etc. After satisfactory review during project stage, AERB issues operating licence to an NPP for a period of up to five years. During the licence period, safety performance of an operational NPP is continuously monitored in compliance with regulatory guidelines. A consolidated safety assessment of the plant is undertaken while renewing the operating licence. In addition, the NPPs have an established programme of operating experience feedback.

The safety system of nuclear power plants is established and enforced in India with Safety Codes, Safety Guides, Safety Manuals and Technical Documents developed by the AERB, which are prepared in line with the IAEA Safety Documents. The safety standards followed in India in respect of NPPs are consistent with global best practices.

All the NPPs in India are under continuous regulatory surveillance by AERB. In addition to the prescribed safety review assessments, comprehensive safety audits of all Indian NPPs against external events were undertaken by AERB and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. following the Fukushima accident. The Operational Safety Review Team of IAEA reviewed RAPS Units 3 & 4 in 2012 at the invitation of the Government.

. The Minister of State in the ministry of Personnel, PG & Pensions and in the Prime Minister’s Office Shri V. Narayanasamy Gave this information in reply to a written question in the Rajya Sabha today.

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