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Questions over applicability of nuke liability law on subsequent units of Kudankulam

Last Updated: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 23:58

New Delhi: As the much-delayed Kudankulam atomic power project moves towards commissioning, questions have arisen over applicability of the nuclear liability law on the subsequent units at the same site.

The agreement to set up nuclear power plants in Kudankulam was signed with Russia over a decade ago when the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act was not enacted.

It is learnt that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has sought views of the Law Ministry as well as the Ministry of External Affairs on the applicability of the liability law to units 3 and 4, for which Russia has agreed to give India a soft loan of USD 3.5 billion.

Sources said the government wanted clarity on the applicability of the law before taking a final decision to ensure unambiguity in the future while dealing with the issue with other countries.

"The agreements with Russia were signed over a decade back when the liability law was not in place. Now a decision has to be taken as we move ahead with units 3 and 4," a source said.

India had signed agreements with France and the US for setting up nuclear power plants in the country. An offer made by South Korea to set up nuclear power plants in India was also under examination.

The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act was passed by Parliament in 2010 which gives the nuclear operator a right to demand compensation from a supplier in case faulty equipment leads to a mishap at a nuclear power plant.

Russia has said it expected the same terms and conditions of Kudankulam 1 & 2 to be applicable for units 3 & 4.


First Published: Thursday, August 2, 2012 - 23:57

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