The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is a state-of-the-art plant that is compliant with the highest safety standards available in the nuclear industry and the safety measures at the plant are of the highest order, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said referring to media reports of the dangers to Sri Lanka arising from the commissioning of the Plant in southern India.
It bears repetition that the Government of India assigns utmost attention to nuclear and radiation safety, including the safety of operating personnel, public as well as the environment. The principle of 'safety being the overriding priority' encompasses the entire gamut of activities associated with nuclear power plants, ranging from siting, design, construction, commissioning, operation to de-commissioning, the High Commission said in a statement.
Testing to demonstrate the adequacy of each system, and the plant as a whole, by actual performance tests to meet the design intent, is carried out well before commencing operation of the plant. The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board reviews the operational limits and conditions for various system parameters and approves them before operationalising the plant, to ensure safe operation.
India and Sri Lanka have an ongoing dialogue on cooperation in the area of nuclear energy, including in the areas of isotope hydrology, radio-tracer studies and dam safety.
A Sri Lankan delegation is scheduled to visit India in the coming months to discuss these and other areas of potential cooperation, including the area of safety. The relevant issues are being addressed in the spirit of close and friendly relations existing between India and Sri Lanka.