Jaitapur nuclear plant site safe, say scientists

March 14th, 2011 - 11:03 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, March 14 (IANS) The nuclear top brass in the country Monday went into an overdrive to address safety concerns of Indian nuclear installations in the wake of the Japan experience following a quake and a tsunami.

Addressing a hurriedly summoned media gathering, Atomic Energy Commission chairman Srikumar Banerjee said that the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant (JNPP) site in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, is absolutely “safe” and can even withstand a tsunami of the magnitude experienced by Japan.

“Many questions are being raised about the JNPP site. It is being built at a site which is on a plateau, 25 metres above sea level,” said Banerjee, who is also secretary, Department of Atomic Energy.

Referring to the seismic activity, or seismicity of the JNPP project site at Jaitapur, Banerjee said the authorities have conducted all studies and it would be a state-of-the-art site in all respects.

Speaking on the occasion, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) chairman S.K. Jain said that in the wake of the Japan incidents, the nuclear authorities here are studying the entire issue, assessing the data and a constant “scenario building” process is under way in Mumbai, based on inputs from the nuclear fallout at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan.

Earlier Monday, former AEC chief Anil Kakodkar sought to allay apprehensions of state legislators while addressing them in the central hall of Maharashtra Legislature on “The Importance of Nuclear Power,” under the auspices of the V.S. Page Parliamentary Training Centre.

Kakodkar said that Indian nuclear reactors have “engineered safeguards” which would be activated automatically in case of an accident emergency.

The NPCIL also issued a detailed statement assuring that nuclear installations in the country were absolutely safe.

Also present on the occasion was Bhabha Atomic Research Centre director R.K. Sinha.

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