IAEA to review safety measures in nuke plants
India will invite the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) operational safety review team to assist in safety reviews and audit of nuclear power plants.delhi Updated: Dec 03, 2011 01:03 IST
India will invite the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) operational safety review team to assist in safety reviews and audit of nuclear power plants.
The move is part of steps being undertaken by the government to the address safety concerns, relating to nuclear plants, in the aftermath of the devastating accident at Fukushima plant in Japan.
The Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) reviewed the safety of all nuclear plants, particularly the steps taken, after the crisis at Fukushima and the proposed steps to be taken thereafter.
Apart from inviting the IAEA team, the CCS was told that a technical safety review of the nuclear facilities had been completed, particularly in context of their ability to withstand large natural disasters.
"Recommendations to enhance safety, wherever required, are being implemented," an official spokesperson said.
Reiterating that safety of nuclear power plants was a matter of highest priority the CCS also reviewed the action taken following the incident of radiation in Mayapuri in Delhi in 2010.
The Fukushima plant was reportedly not prepared for a 15-metre-high tsunami that struck the plant in March 2011, reigniting safety concerns about nuclear plants in many parts of the world.
In India, anti-nuclear protesters have highlighted the accident by stalling nuclear-power plant projects, particularly the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. It was scheduled to be commissioned this month, but the decision had to be put on hold to address the fears of the local population.
"Mechanisms for responding to nuclear and radiological emergencies are being strengthened in coordination with the National Disaster Management Authority," the spokesperson added, pointing that additional emergency response centres would be set up in this context.