India reassures population on nuclear

The Indian government and the country’s Nuclear Power Corp have moved to reassure the population about nuclear safety in the wake of the Japanese reactor blasts. India has 20 nuclear […]

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By Kelvin Ross

The Indian government and the country’s Nuclear Power Corp have moved to reassure the population about nuclear safety in the wake of the Japanese reactor blasts.

India has 20 nuclear power plants and plans to increase its total installed capacity from 4,780 megawatts to 30,000 megawatts by 2020.

India is no stranger to natural disasters, and the NPC has pointed to a previous earthquake in Gujarat in 2001 and the tsunami of 2004 as proof that the country’s nuclear installations can withstand catastrophes.

In a statement, the NPC said it “has a well- established operating experience review program in which international events are reviewed for their applicability in the Indian context, and corrective measures are taken”.