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Radiation monitors to be set up in airports, sea ports

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The country’s domestic and border security will get a facelift as “portal radiation monitors” will be deployed in airports, sea ports and border posts by next year-end. These monitors have already been set up in five sea ports, according to D. N. Sharma, Director, Health, Safety and Environment Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai.

Interacting with presspersons at Mangalore University on Friday, he said the BARC had developed its technology and transferred it to Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. (ECIL) for mass production of the monitors. They monitors would alert security forces and law enforcement agencies on any attempt to smuggle in or take out radioactive materials. The monitors would detect and alert attempts to transport any radioactive materials through lorries and aircraft ships. The monitors were being set up in 14 airports and 12 sea ports, five border posts in the first phase.

Time frame

“May be by the middle of next year or next year end they would be set up in all airports, sea ports and border posts in the country,” he said. The Union Ministry of Home Affairs is implementing this programme, Mr. Sharma said.

He was at the university to receive the transfer of thoron mitigation system technology developed by the Radioecology Research Laboratory at the university in collaboration with BARC.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, K. Byrappa, handed over the prototype of a fabricated technology to a team of BARC scientists led by Mr. Sharma.

The university had developed the technology under a memorandum of understanding with the BARC for absorbing two radio active gases (radon and thoron) present in working places of uranium and thorium industries.

Speaking at the function, a 500 MW Prototype Fast Breeder Reactor (PFBR) at Kalpakkam in Tamil Nadu is likely to attain criticality by the end of this year.

The power plant currently has a pressurised water reactor functioning. While pressurised water reactors are fuelled by natural uranium, the fast breeder reactors are fuelled by mixed oxide of Uranium and Plutonium, recovered by reprocessing of the first stage spent fuel.

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