Kolkata: The much-delayed Kudankulam nuclear power project will become operational soon, India's principal scientific advisor said today.
"The decision will come anytime now. Reactor is a safe reactor... no question about it... it is designed with safety features. It depends on the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) to examine the test results and decide," R Chidambaram told reporters on the sidelines of the 120th birth anniversary of PC Mahalanobis at the Indian Statistical Institute in Kolkata.
"The job of the regulatory board is to examine everything they do. Nuclear Power Corp gives the results and regulatory board decides when to give the go ahead depending whether further tests are necessary or not," Mr Chidambaram said.
He also stressed on the need to convey to common people the statistical estimate of the safety of nuclear establishments.
"For all practical purposes, nuclear power is safe. Common people have difficulty in understanding probabilistic safety assessment and analysis. India has an excellent safety record... with so many years in operation... absolutely clean safety record," the scientist added.