Koodankulam atomic plant safe: Nuke scientist

Amid demands for scrapping the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, a top atomic scientist vouched for its safety.

Chennai: Amid demands for scrapping the
Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, a top atomic scientist
on Saturday vouched for its safety, saying all types of exigencies
including a Fukushima-type mishap have been factored in.

GR Srinivasa, a former Vice Chairman of the Atomic
Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), also batted for nuclear power
as an alternative green source of energy that augured well for
the country`s future energy needs,

Noting that the very design of the power plant was drawn
incorporating various requirements, Srinivasan said it was
also equipped with some of the most advanced technical and
safety features.

"There will be a requirement of almost none or minimum
security measures in case of a Fukushima-like incident. The
generation station design too is a collaboration of major
requirements," he said at a meeting here organised by
Chemical Industries Association.

Further, different independent equipment with individual
power supply to monitor various aspects were also in place and
even if one of them detected any problem, it will be
immediately communicated, he said.

Citing safety concerns, the local villagers and
fishermen in and around Koodankulam have been demanding
scrapping of the Indo-Russian collaboration project, set to
begin commercial production in December with the commissioning
of the first of the 2x1000 MWe reactors.

Srinivasan, who is also a former Director, Projects,
Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), said the plant had
features such as better seismic and tsunami resistance and
could withstand a Fukushima-like accident and others.

Further, higher life and operatability at 90 per cent of
the capacity were its other features, he said.

Observing that nuclear energy remains the "safest energy
source," he said world over, countries such as China and Iran
besides India were "going full swing" with the construction of
atomic reactors.

With India possessing 25 per cent of the world`s thorium
deposits, it would help the country generate lakhs of
megawatts of power in the next several decades, he said.


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