Safety of BARC, Tarapur, Jaitapur N-projects reviewed

The radiation in Japan due to damage of nuclear power plants would not have hazardous consequences and people should not believe in rumours, Maharashtra chief secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad said.

Last Updated: Mar 29, 2011, 21:24 PM IST

Mumbai: The radiation in Japan due to damage
of nuclear power plants would not have hazardous consequences
and people should not believe in rumours, Maharashtra chief
secretary Ratnakar Gaikwad said in Mumbai.

Gaikwad was speaking at a meeting held at Mantralaya to
review of the safety of nuclear power projects at BARC,
Tarapur and proposed project at Jaitapur, in the aftermath of
the situation in Japan.

Nuclear radiation from the damaged nuclear power project
is slowing down and people residing in the peripheral area of
20 km were displaced, Gaikwad said.

There is no danger to people in India who are 5,500 km
away, he said, adding people should not believe in rumours.

"We are exposed to natural radiation daily and this dose
of radiation may be variable. Natural radiation is more in
hilly areas as compared to sea shore. We receive high dose of
radiation during our journey by plane. It is important for all
to remember that radiation caused by active nuclear power
project is negligible," an official release quoted Gaikwad as
saying.

The disaster management plan for Tarapur nuclear power
project was in place and according to this plan, after every
couple of years, a mock drill at the project site is organized
by the disaster management system, the meeting was informed.

The meeting, held yesterday, was attended by SK Jain,
Chairman and Managing Director Nuclear Power Corporation of
India, AP Joshi, Chairman Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, SK
Chande, Deputy Chairman of Atomic Energy Regulatory Board,
Umeshchandra Sarangi, Additional Chief Secretary (Home)and
Satyapal Singh, Additional Director Police.

PTI