In the Parliament on July 22, 2015

MPs raised a question on the status of nuclear safety in India and sought details about the country’s nuclear fuel stocks

By DTE Staff
Last Updated: Thursday 23 July 2015 | 05:02:38 AM
Credit: Commons
Credit: Commons Credit: Commons

Krishnan Narayanasamy Ramachandran, AIADMK MP from Sriperumbudur, and P Karunakaran, CPI (M) MP from Kasargod, asked whether the government was satisfied with the regulatory mechanism in place for ensuring nuclear safety in India.

Jitendra Singh, MoS for PMO, said the government was satisfied and that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has evolved a robust process for safety review and issue of consents at various stages like siting, construction, commissioning, operation and decommissioning for setting up of nuclear and radiation facilities, in addition to the periodical regulatory inspections. Read the full reply here.

Ramachandran and Ravneet Singh, ­Congress MP from Ludhiana, asked whether the government has enough nuclear fuel at its disposal and, in case of shortage, sought names of the the countries from which it is likely to be imported. In his reply, Jitendra Singh stated that the government in July 2014 had announced tripling of the then existing capacity of 4,780 MW in the next ten years.

Currently, there are 21 nuclear power reactors in operation with an installed generating capacity of 5,780 MWe. While eight of these reactors are run on indigenous fuel, 13 reactors are eligible to run on imported fuel. Under International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards, uranium can be imported from Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Canada. Read the full reply here.

Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter :

Related Story:

Modi, Obama seal nuclear agreement deal

What does nuclear power cost? Old plants dispel easy answers

Jaitapur nuclear protests: key activists switch sides

How vulnerable are India's nuclear power plants to disaster

IEP Resources:

Koodankulam: an open letter to the Fellow Citizens of India

Public hearing for environmental clearance to NPCIL for its upcoming project in Gorakhpur, Haryana

National report to the convention on nuclear safety - Second Extraordinary Meeting of Contracting Parties August 2012

We are a voice to you; you have been a support to us. Together we build journalism that is independent, credible and fearless. You can further help us by making a donation. This will mean a lot for our ability to bring you news, perspectives and analysis from the ground so that we can make change together.

Comments are moderated and will be published only after the site moderator’s approval. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name. Selected comments may also be used in the ‘Letters’ section of the Down To Earth print edition.