Atomic Energy Commission chairman R K Sinha said the first unit of 1,000 Mw at the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu should be operational by the end of the calender year.

Fuel loading, deferred after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) directed upgrade of safety applications, was on and would be complete in one and a half months. “However, it will not be possible to give you an exact time when the first unit would be commissioned, especially in view of further directives from AERB and also because of a case pending in the Supreme Court.

Soon, “significant events” taking place during construction and commissioning of a nuclear plant will also have to be reported to Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB).

IAEA’s operational safety review team (OSART) will visit India for the first time towards the end of October to review the safety of third and fourth units of Rajasthan’s atomic power stations, sai

Even as protests continue at Kudankulam, sources here said the Government had for the first time agreed to allow an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team to conduct safety review of two atomic power plants located in Rajasthan.

“Public confidence has to be built by transparency. We are getting legislation to strengthen regulatory bodies and as a related measure the IAEA’s Operational Safety Review Team [OSART] will visit Rajasthan in November. India will study its report and take on board suggestions. The Government’s position is that more needs to be done on safety aspects,’’ added the sources.

As questions continue to be raised about the independence and effectiveness of the regulatory structure for atomic energy, India will soon ask the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for a pe

New Delhi, 18 Sept: A team of global nuclear watchdog IAEA will visit Rajasthan in November to conduct an in-depth operational safety review of two atomic power plants there, the first such exercis

Amid concerns about safety issues involving the nuclear plant in Kundakulam of South India, the government of Sri Lanka has raised its concerns with India and sought an immediate dialogue between t

The head of the UN atomic agency called on Monday on countries with nuclear power not to lose their “sense of urgency” in improving safety after last year’s Fukushima disaster in Japan.

Board is yet to develop 27 out of the 168 safety documents despite recommendations by two panels in 1987 and 1997

The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) on Wednesday pulled up the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for not preparing a nuclear and radiation safety policy for the country despite receiving a specific mandate to do so in the order constituting the Board as far back as 1983. In a scathing report tabled in Parliament, the CAG also noted that the Board had yet to develop 27 out of the 168 safety documents despite recommendations made by two panels in 1987 and 1997 that the process of developing safety documents be expedited.

The Sri Lankan government has installed five detectors across the island as part of an early warning system to detect a nuclear disaster in the event of a nuclear accident and alert the public.