Minister of State in Prime Minister's Office (PMO) V. Narayanasamy on Friday assured that the Kudankulam nuclear power plant will be commissioned in April, and said that it would generate 2,000 MW of power in the current year.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, who met Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Durban, South Africa, assured him that the Kudankulam nuclear power plant would be operational by next month.
Commenting on this meeting, Narayanasamy said that after the success of the current project, there are agreements for the third and the fourth plant that would generate 22,000 mega-watts of power.
"The trial run has started. All the parameters in the plant are working very well. As Prime Minister told in Durban to President Putin of Russia that we will start the power production in first unit for thousand mega-watts in the month of April. We are working in that direction and the second plant will be commissioned in the October 2013 if everything goes well," said Narayanasamy.
"Then there is an agreement for the third and fourth plant in Kudankulam, another 22,000 mega-watts that will also start. The construction work will be started with the Russian technology," he added.
Narayanasamy also asserted that the major share of power would be supplied to Tamil Nadu.
"By all means, we will be able to get 2,000 mega-watts of power from Kudankulam nuclear power plant this year only and the major share will be given to Tamil Nadu as per the agreement. And as far as the safety of the plant is concerned, our government addressed the issue," said Narayanasamy.
"Prime Minister constituted a committee of scientists they went to the plants, they discussed with the scientists, they saw the location of the plant and all the parameters; and after talking, we explained to the agitators still they are not convinced," he added.
The Prime Minister's assurance to the Russian President comes in wake of the delay in operationalising the first 1,000 MW reactor at Kudankulam, which has faced stiff opposition from anti-nuclear activists.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a nuclear power station under construction in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli District.
Construction has been delayed due to anti-nuclear protests by the locals and People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy.
Thousands of protesters, belonging to the vicinity of the plant, have used various means to protest against the plant fearing a Fukushima like disaster. (ANI)