Lanka readying for any N-mishap with early warning

Kudankulam`s close proximity to Sri Lanka had warranted the island drawing attention of the IAEA over any possible disasters in the event of an accident.

Lanka readying for any N-mishap with early warning detectors
Colombo: Sri Lanka`s Atomic Energy Authority is bracing itself for any possible disaster after the Kudankulam nuclear power station becomes operational and setting up eight early warning detectors along the coastal areas, officials said on Saturday.

Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu "is set to be commissioned in a couple of months. This is the closest to us with just 200 kms away," R L Wijewardene, the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) Chairman, said.

He said three years ago the AEA had set in motion the radiological emergency preparedness programme.

Wijewardena said eight early warning detectors would be set up with the help of the UN nuclear watchdog IAEA along the coastal areas.

"These will be located in Colombo and Kalpitiya in the western province, Talaimannar and Delft islet in the north, Trincomalee in the east and inland in the central district of Kandy.

"These will be operated from AEA offices after they become operational in about two months. We will be able to warn public early about the dangers to create preparedness," he said.

Kudankulam`s close proximity to Sri Lanka had warranted the island drawing attention of the IAEA over any possible disasters in the event of an accident, officials said.