ANDHRA PRADESH

Atomic energy R&D centre near Vizag in two years

Staff Reporter

MANUGURU (KHAMMAM DT.): Anil Kakodkar, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission said here on Monday that the first laboratory of the R&D centre proposed to be set up by the Department of Atomic Energy near Visakhapatnam would start functioning in a couple of years. Addressing a news conference here, he said that the proposal for establishing the R&D centre was approved by the Government. The land acquisition process was already on. Moves were afoot for creating the necessary infrastructure facilities for establishing the centre, which would be a major project taken up by the department in Andhra Pradesh.

Dr. Kakodkar said that the Government had approved the proposal for setting up four more atomic power plants in the country.

New plants

Three of the plants would come up in the existing stations while a new plant would be set up in Jaithapur in Maharashtra.

The new plants would get the final clearance and the site investigation and project reports were awaited. He stated that Andhra Pradesh was looked upon as a very important place by the department. Some of its vital installations including the Nuclear Fuel Complex (NFC), the Manuguru heavy water plant and the electronics corporation were located in the State. The R&D centre proposed near Visakhapatnam would take lot of time to be shaped up into a full-fledged establishment.

Session on safety

The AEC chief said safety was given top priority in all the installations. Earlier, addressing the inaugural session of the safety and occupational health professionals' meet organised by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the Heavy Water Board, he emphasised the need for updating knowledge from time to time. He said safety was the primary aspect to be taken into consideration while designing a plant. S.C. Hiremath, Chairman, Heavy Water Board, ALN Rao, executive director, Heavy Water Board, R. K. Garg, retired chairman of the Indian Rare Earths, R.V. Gupta, Chief General Manager, Manuguru Heavy Water Plant were among those who took part.