Japan crisis: PM says need to revisit N-strategy

Last Updated: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 18:33

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Friday said the nuclear crisis in Japan has underlined the need for revisiting strategies for safety of atomic plants and that
he has already ordered a "thorough review".

"The tragic nuclear incidents in Japan in the aftermath
of the recent earthquake and tsunami should make us revisit
strategies for nuclear safety, learning lessons from these
experiences," he said addressing the India Today Conclave
here.

"I have already ordered a thorough review by the
Department of Atomic Energy," he said.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL),
that operates all the nuclear power plants in the country,
said it was undertaking a review of the safety measures at all
the plant sites and would augment the same, if required.

In Chennai, NPCIL Chairman-cum-Managing Director S K Jain
said there would be no compromise on safety measures at any of
the nuclear plants.
At the same time, he pointed out that Indian nuclear
power plants had successfully withstood the strongest
earthquake at Bhuj in Gujarat and the devastating tsunami that
hit parts of the southern coast in December 2004.
He said the nuclear power plants being build at
Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu had several additional safety
measures that enable immediate shutdown of even in the absence
of plant operators.

PTI



First Published: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 18:33

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