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Power from Koodankulam nuclear project by December: K.C. Purohit

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study: Assembly Estimates Committee Chairman M. Appavu with Tirunelveli Collector G. Prakash (centre) at the project site on Thursday.
study: Assembly Estimates Committee Chairman M. Appavu with Tirunelveli Collector G. Prakash (centre) at the project site on Thursday.

Staff Reporter

Four-fifths of the work on the first reactor has been completed: Project Director

TIRUNELVELI: The Koodankulam nuclear power project will start generating electricity by December this year, with four-fifths of the work on the first reactor has been completed and vital equipment installed, Project Director K.C. Purohit said on Thursday.

He was briefing the members of the Tamil Nadu Assembly Estimates Committee about the progress in the construction of the 2x1,000 MW reactors.

To a question by Radhapuram MLA M. Appavu, who led the committee, Mr. Purohit said the State would get its share of 900 MW in the first phase; this would help to meet the needs of the southern Tamil Nadu.

The project, being executed with Russian assistance, has given employment to 63 persons of Koodankulam and surroundings, who have given land for the project.

MLAs Oscar C. Nigli (representing the Anglo-Indian community); A. Chinnasamy (Singanallur); A. Thamizharasu (Omanallur); V. Marimuthu (Nagapattinam); and S. John Joseph (Killiyoor); Deputy Secretary of the Assembly C. Indra; and Collector G. Prakash formed part of the team.

Senior Project Engineer Suresh explained the various aspects of the reactors.

Later the committee visited the site for the ultra-modern flower market near Kaavalkinaru Junction; the Indian Space Research Organisation’s Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre at Mahendragiri; the Kodumudiyar dam; the government hospital at Valliyoor; the SIDCO Industrial Estate site at Valliyoor; the site proposed for the multi-product special economic zone at Nanguneri; the Florence Swainson Higher Secondary School for the Deaf, Palayamkottai; and St. Anne’s School for the Mentally Retarded, Palayamkottai. It inspected the underground drainage project and the inoperative cooperative spinning mill at Pettai near here.

Mr. Appavu chaired a review meeting at the Collectorate in the evening.

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