Japan-like nuclear mishap `most unlikely` in India: NSA

Japan-like nuclear mishaps are "most unlikely" in India, NSA Shivshanker Menon affirmed.

Updated: Mar 16, 2011, 17:43 PM IST

New Delhi: Japan-like nuclear mishaps are
"most unlikely" in India, National Security Advisor
Shivshanker Menon affirmed on Wednesday.

However, he said the situation in that country was
evolving and the Atomic Energy Commission and its departments
were undertaking a detailed review.

Menon said the Atomic Energy Commission and its other
agencies "tell us that our designs are different and we also
store our spent fuel differently."

"The fire (in Japan) was a hydrogen fire in the area
where the spent fuel is stored...They (AEC) tell us is that
this is most unlikely," Menon said when asked about the safety
of nuclear installations in the country and if they can
withstand natural calamities such as tsunamis.

He said the atomic agencies were undertaking a
detailed review of the design, the procedures and all the
safety features.

"As they learn more about what is happening in Japan,
they will continue to review and then they will come back with
suggestion for improvement, if necessary," he said.

However, Menon was quick to point out that the
situation in Japan was an "evolving situation" and while it is
evolving, one should not jump to any conclusion.

PTI