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Russia gives in-principle nod to India’s nuke liability law

Vanita Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Moscow, June 12, 2014
First Published: 00:07 IST(12/6/2014) | Last Updated: 00:11 IST(12/6/2014)

 Russia has in-principle agreed on the Indian nuclear liability law, which had been impeding progress in the units 3 and 4 of Kudankulam nuclear power plant.

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“Yes this has been agreed,” a senior Indian official said without disclosing the modalities of the agreement.

“The liability law is certainly challenging. We are working with India and the issue has been resolved,” Kirill Komarov, deputy director general on development and international business, Rosatom State Corporation said.

He was talking to newsmen at the Atomexpo 2014, the international forum on nuclear energy.

On Monday, Sergei Kiriyenko, director general of Rosatom, had also ruled out that the Nuclear Liability Law of India was delaying any progress for Kudankulam 3 and 4 power plants. “We signed a protocol in April this year. We found a solution to it and there is no issue,” he said.

The Russian officials however, did not disclose details of the agreement and whether this had led to an escalation of cost.

India and Russia signed a General Framework Agreement on unit 3 and 4 in April. Russia has said the roadmap for these two units would be ready by July.

The Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Act, 2010 is a highly debated Act which was passed by both Houses of Indian Parliament. The Act aims to provide a civil liability for nuclear damage and prompt compensation to the victims of a nuclear incident.

Russia had so far felt that this law, which makes the suppliers of equipment financially accountable in the event of an accident, was an intervention in the partnership with India on nuclear energy.

(The journalist is in Moscow on invitation of Rosatom)


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