Manmohan Singh assures Putin on Koodankulam nuclear plant

IANS – DURBAN: Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured Russian President Vladimir Putin that the first phase of the nuclear power project at Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu will be up and running by next month. The Dispatch News Desk (DND) reports.
“I am pleased to inform you Mr. President that Koodankulam Unit I will become operational, in particular, the very next month,” the prime minister told the Russian president when they met at a bilateral meeting on the margins of the 5th BRICS Summit late Wednesday. The first unit has the capacity of 1,000 mega watt.

Map showing India's Nuclear Power Plants
Map showing India’s Nuclear Power Plants

The prime minister also assured the Russian president about the substantive progress being made on the other remaining phases of the joint nuclear energy programme between India and Russia at Koodankulam, near Tirunelveli in town in the southern quarters of Tamil Nadu. “As far as Unit III and IV are concerned, we have secured our internal approvals,” the prime minister said, referring to the sanction granted by the meeting of the cabinet committee on security, which he chairs.

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