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Scientists brief PM on safety of nuclear installations

In the backdrop of nuclear mishap in Japan due to tsunami, India`s top atomic scientists today briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on safety of nuclear installations in the country.



New Delhi: In the backdrop of nuclear
mishap in Japan due to tsunami, India`s top atomic scientists
today briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on safety of
nuclear installations in the country.

Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Srikumar Banerjee
and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board Chairman S S Bajaj met
the Prime Minister and briefed him about the review they
undertook pertaining to various aspects of the nuclear
installations in the country.

The meeting comes two days after Singh had announced
in Parliament that an immediate technical review of India`s
atomic plants has been ordered to check if they can withstand
the impact of major natural disasters like tsunami and
earthquakes in the wake of the catastrophe in Japan
threatening a nuclear meltdown.

"The Department of Atomic Energy and its agencies,
including the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) have
been instructed to undertake an immediate technical review of
all safety systems of our nuclear power plants, particularly
with a view to ensuring that they would be able to withstand
the impact of large natural disasters such as tsunamis and
earthquakes," he had said.

He had informed both Houses of Parliament that India
was in constant touch with the International Atomic Energy
Agency (IAEA), the Japanese Atomic Industrial Forum and the
World Association of Nuclear Operators.

The nuclear mishap in Japan was triggered by the
tsunami caused by massive earthquake cutting down power to the
aging plant and knocking out cooling systems.

The incidents raised many questions about the safety
aspects of nuclear installations in case of natural calamity
in the country.

Most of the atomic bodies in India have taken a
cautious approach towards the whole issue and have refused to
conclude either way- whether it will happen to plants in the
country or not.

They have maintained that they will revisit all safety
aspects of atomic plants in the country and analyse the
nuclear crisis arising in Japan after the tsunami as it has
offered new lessons to fine tune existing emergency
preparedness.

PTI

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