SK Jain, CMD of Nuclear Power Corporation of India, stated that India's reactors have "successfully" withstood the strongest Bhuj earthquake and tsunami in 2004, adding that they would not compromise on safety and definitely make a revisit
Chennai: Public sector Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) on Thursday said it would revisit all the atomic power plants in the country in the wake of nuclear crisis in tsunami-struck Japan, reports PTI.
"We will sincerely revisit (all the nuclear power plants) whether there is any need for augmentation..," NPCIL chairman and managing director SK Jain told reporters at the atomic power station in Kalpakkam, about 60km from here.
Pointing out that Indian reactors have "successfully" withstood the strongest Bhuj earthquake and tsunami, he said they would not compromise on safety and definitely make a revisit.
"Our reactors have successfully withstood the worst Bhuj earthquake and tsunami but that does not mean we can be complacent. We will definitely revisit, we will augment it and show it all to our countrymen," he said.
He said India has 85 monitoring stations to examine the radiation levels in the atmosphere.
"If there is any increase in the radiation levels, within seconds it is known to our crisis management group and emergency centre which are located at 85 places across the country," he said.
He pointed out that after the tsunami in 2004, the diesel generator level at Kalpakkam Atomic Power Station was increased by two metres.
"Earlier the height of the diesel generator was 10.68 metres... But after the tsunami, it has been raised to 12.68 metres...," he said.
Besides, he said they had also set up a wall across the Kalpakkam Atomic Power Station at a cost of Rs30 crore designed most scientifically to prevent the reactors getting affected by such natural disasters.
Mr Jain said the nuclear reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant were designed in such a way that the reactor would remain the same and shutdown automatically even if the entire crew members were out.
"The new reactors we are setting up at Kudankulam...
though the cost has increased three or four times.. Even the if entire crew was out, the reactor will remain the same," he said.
Despite the magnitude of the quake, Japan could be able to deal with the aftermath, however severe it might eventually be. It is the world's largest creditor as well as its largest debtor and has $886 billion worth of dollar reserves. It might be able to rebuild without adding to the national debt.