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* India allays Sri Lanka's fears on Kudankulam nuclear plant, dismisses "baseless" reports
Thu, Feb 21, 2013, 10:24 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 21, Colombo: India today dismissed recent media reports on the safety of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the State of Tamil Nadu as "baseless".

A statement issued by the Indian High Commission in Colombo Thursday said the media reports on leaks having developed in critical equipment of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant are totally baseless and raising completely unwarranted fears of dangers of radiation leaks.

There has been no radiation leak at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Indian High Commission assured.

"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 today. The safety measures instituted at the plant are of the highest order," the High Commission said.

According to the Indian mission in Colombo, 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.

An Indian delegation is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka soon for the second round of the dialogue on these and other areas of potential cooperation, including the area of safety.

"The relevant issues are being addressed in the spirit of the close and friendly relations existing between India and Sri Lanka," the High Commission said.

Given the close and friendly ties between India and Sri Lanka, such alarmist reporting which is not based on facts should be avoided, India said.

Clarifying the situation, the High Commission statement said various works and commissioning tests according to laid down procedures are currently progressing and the work is in line with the stage-wise clearances accorded by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) which reviews the various reports of performance tests and accords clearance for the next stage to ensure safe operation, India said.

India reiterated that safety is accorded utmost attention in Nuclear Power Plants and assured that its AERB allows to clear to next stage only after thorough review of operational parameters and conditions for various systems.

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