Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy has said power production by the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant will start this month.
The first unit has a capacity of 1,000 MW. It is being implemented in the southern Tamil Nadu town of Kudankulam near Tirunelveli, by the state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and the Russian nuclear energy company Atomstroyexport.
Narayanasamy told reporters that Indian and Russian scientists had checked the parameters of the plant and the system was working well.
"All parameters are working well. Power production will start this month," he said. The second unit would start production by October, he added.
Narayanasamy said the Kudankulam plant figured during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the margins of the BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa.
The minister said India told Russia that the power production in the first unit would start in April.
Narayanasamy said India and Russia had signed agreement on the construction of third and fourth units of the atomic power plant.
Business Today Online Bureau, New Delhi
April 4, 2013