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Updated: April 7, 2012 14:17 IST

Confident of commissioning KNPP in two months: Narayanaswamy

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File photo of one of the two reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) situated at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district. F
File photo of one of the two reactors of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) situated at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district. F

The Centre on Saturday said it is confident of commissioning the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project to generate 1,000 MW of power in two months as 99 per cent of its works are over.

Talking to reporters in Madurai, Union Minister of State in the PMO V. Narayanaswamy said, “We only need to load uranium in the first unit for its functioning”.

Regarding the second unit, he said only five per cent works remain to be completed and almost all construction activities were over.

He said the Centre was looking into Tamil Nadu’s demand for allocation of entire power to be generated from the KNPP to the state.

“It is under the serious consideration of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,” he said, and hoped that a good decision will be taken on the matter.

He said “as of now” Tamil Nadu government would get 965 MW of power from the two units.

Mr. Narayanaswamy said India voted in favour of a resolution in UNHRC against Sri Lanka last month for alleged war crimes as “we were unhappy” with the neighbouring country for not implementing the rehabilitation programmes for the war-hit Tamils.

On the issue of alleged attacks on Tamil fishermen by Sri Lankan Navy, he said talks were going on between fishermen associations of the two countries.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna are closely monitoring the rehabilitation programmes for Tamils in Sri Lanka, the minister said.

India had allocated money for railway projects, power project and housing schemes in Sri Lanka for the benefit of Tamils, he said.

Before commissioning review all the safety aspects many times.
Since in every walks of life corruption is prevalent, it is the
responsibility of the govt to check all the construction works;
treatment of effluent safely and all other safety measures.
Insure all the people who live in the vicinity of the nuclear
plant so that even if any accident happened the families will not
be affected. Please establish Nuclear Safety Institute suggested
by Dr Kalam to provide safety to the people. Also construct a
multi super speciality hospitals in and around Koodankulam since
the nuclear radiation causes cancer - a deadly disease. At the
same time the scientists have to make a thorough study on what
went wrong with Fukushima Nuclear Plant and why 53 nuclear
reactors out of 54 were shut down in Japan. The govt wants
'power' but the people wants 'safety'.

from:  Thangapandian
Posted on: Apr 7, 2012 at 20:03 IST
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