December 16th, 2011
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Kundankulam plant to begin operation soon

singh-and-medvedevMoscow: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today stated that the Kudankulam nuclear project that has come under intense protest by localities will begin operation in a couple of weeks. India however, did not sign any agreement with Russia for the third and fourth units of the plant. The second plant will commence operation six months after the first plant begins work. Mr Manmohan Singh was talking at a joint press interaction after he concluded his talks with Mr Medvedev at the Kremlin.

However, the two countries chose not to sign agreements for the third and fourth unit of the Russian-aided project in Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu where there has been an agitation on the issue of safety. But the two countries today finalized the terms of reference for the Line of Credit for the third and fourth units.

“Both India and Russia are very clear that there is nothing to worry about the safety of the Kudankulam nuclear project,” Dr. Singh said in reply to questions. Mr Singh said he was confident that he will be able to overcome the problem of agitation arising out of safety issues. He said Russia is a time-tested partner of India’s nuclear programme. “India and Russia are committed to a high level of safety,” he said.


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