Indian nuclear plants safe, says minister

August 18th, 2011 - 7:02 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 18 (IANS) Indian nuclear power plants are safe against “extreme natural events”, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office V. Narayanasamy said Thursday.

This was determined by the task forces set up by the Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) following the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in Japan, the minister told the Rajya Sabha.

“The NPCIL task forces have made recommendations to further enhance the safety of existing nuclear power plants,” he said.

The recommendations include automatic reactor shutdown initiation sensing seismic activity, augmentation of cooling water inventories, and increasing the duration of the passive power sources, he said.

In another statement, the minister said that Indian nuclear power plants were sited, designed, constructed and operated to be safe in the event of any natural and man induced events.

Narayanasamy said in yet another statement that nuclear power was an important clean energy option for long term energy security.

“The Indian nuclear power programme will continue with enhanced emphasis on safety.”

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