Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant

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Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power station currently under construction in Koodankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Project investment cost to India was estimated to be US$ 3.5 billion in a 2001 agreement.


An Inter-Governmental Agreement on the project was signed on November 20, 1988 by Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. The project remained in limbo for 10 years due to political and economic upheaval in Russia after the post-1991 Soviet breakup, and also due to objections of the United States on the grounds that the agreement does not meet the 1992 terms of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).[2]
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However, the present Tamilnadu government have defended the Koodankulam project


Bangalore: Japan's killer earthquake that caused a nuclear reactor to shut down and a radiation scare are unlikely to negatively impact India's ambitious nuclear power programme, says a nuclear scientist and former official of the atomic energy regulatory board (AERB)"I honestly am not worried about the Japanese incident casting a 'scientific' shadow in India," K.S. Parthasarathi, who was until recently the secretary of AERB, told IANS. "I know the country will stand it."
The committee was set up in the wake of the nuclear disaster in Japan, triggered by an earthquake and a tsunami simultaneously hitting the Fukushima nuclear power plant on March 11, 2011 The committee, appointed by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) of India in March, put out the a bare-bones report earlier this month. The final detailed report is still under AERB review. He said the Kudankuam site was in a very low seismic category zone and that the
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