NPP Kudankulam, which is being constructed in India with Russian assistance, meets all international safety requirements and the people of Tamil Nadu have no reason to worry, H.E. Mr Alexander Kadakin, Russian Ambassador to India, said.
Sunday saw renewed mass protests and a demonstrative hunger strike of the opponents of Kudankulam startup. The action staged nearby the power plant engaged more than 7 thousand people. Activists of the movement against the nuclear energy declared that they decided to resume protests as they were dissatisfied with the results of the meeting in Delhi last Friday between their representatives and Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.
“Technologically, Kudankulam is the safest and most advanced nuclear power plant in the world”, said Mr Kadakin.
According to the Ambassador, it is surprising that while the Fukushima accident occurred last March, the protests against the scheduled launch of NPP Kudankulam whose organizers refer to the Fukushima tragedy, have begun only recently.
He also added that the Russian side closely watches further developments around Kudankulam.
On Friday the Prime Minister received the delegation of the anti-nuclear plant agitators, who submitted two memoranda reflecting local concerns about Kudankulam. The Prime Minister stated that he intended to send a governmental delegation to the power plant area in order to discuss the situation with the locals and examine the security issues on the spot.
On Wednesday, October 12, Dr Manmohan Singh in a second letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa sought her continued support for the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. He also reiterated that the use of nuclear energy in the country meets the highest safety standards.
Last month South India witnessed mass protests against the Kudankulam start-up. The protesters claimed that they were against not Russian technologies in particular, but nuclear energy in general, as they considered it dangerous. However, shortly after the protests were suspended, as the authorities agreed to listen to the critics of nuclear energy.
At the IAEA General Conference held in Vienna on September 20 Mr Sergey Kirienko, Director of Rosatom, told journalists offstage that the first Kudankulam unit is planned to be made operational by the end of this year. He noted that Rosatom entered the final stage in preparing a contract with the Indian partners on construction of the Kudankulam third and fourth power units, while the launch of the second unit was scheduled for the first half-year of 2012.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is being constructed within the framework of the Agreement of November 20, 1988 and the Supplement of June 21, 1998. The customer is the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. 2002 saw the beginning of construction works on the first two units under the guidance of Atomstroyexport. During the first stage two units with VVER-1000 reactors of total capacity of 2000 MW were built.
New Delhi, October 12, RIA Novosti, Evgeniy Pakhomov.