Kakrapar Atomic Power Station (KAPS) in Tapi district of Gujarat has come under the scanner of regulator Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for a ’minor incident’ of radiation exposure to four workers in May this year.
“Our medical staff had checked them and there was no problem with them as such. We had instructed our hospital that if they want to undergo any investigation it has to be done, but none of them turned up,” KAPS Additional General Manager HR Sujaya Kajur said.
The KAPS is a nuclear power station, has two 220 MW pressurised heavy water reactors.
He said the incident had been brought to the notice of regulator AERB and the international agency concerned. “Whatever corrective steps were to be taken, so that such an incident doesn’t get repeated in future, has also been taken,” he said.
“But, taking advantage of it, the workers, who were on contract, began demanding regularisation and went and met the district authorities and also reported about the incident by July end,” Mr. Kajur said.
However, district collector Tapi R.H. Patel, on receiving a complaint of radiation exposure to workers in the KAPS has sent a team under sub-divisional magistrate to enquire about the incident.
“Taking note of it (the radiation leak), I have sent a team under sub divisional magistrate to enquire about the incident,” Mr. Patel said.