Govt can have a relook at safeguards at nuclear plants: Ramesh

Govt said it can look at putting in place additional environmental safeguards to ensure safety of the proposed nuclear reactors in Jaitapur in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 14:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Government on Tuesday said it can
look at putting in place additional environmental safeguards
to ensure safety of the proposed nuclear reactors in Jaitapur
in the aftermath of the tsunami in Japan that has endangered
the atomic power plants there.
"...Based on the technical reviews the NPCIL does, we
will certainly be in touch with them and if additional
safeguards have to be built in as part of the environmental
clearance, we will certainly look at it," Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh told reporters on the sidelines of a function
here.
He was reacting to a question whether the Government
is going to have a relook at the Jaitapur nuclear power
project in Maharashtra amid demands for a reconsideration in
the wake of the deadly earthquake that caused damage in a
nuclear facility in Japan.

Ramesh said the Nuclear Power Corporation of India
Limited is having a relook at all safety systems and designs.

"This is appropriately a subject that has to be dealt
with the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board," the Minister said.
Ramesh said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made a
detailed statement in Parliament and has ordered a review of
safety systems at all the nuclear plants in the country.

PTI