Amid protests and growing demand to disclose safety status of the plant, the second unit of the Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) has been shut down due to water and steam leakage.
The operator of the plant, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), said the Unit-II is likely to restart on 11 May.
“The unit was shut down due to steam and water leakage. We have to first cool the reactor and then set right the system,” Site Director of KNPP, HN Sahu.
The plant started commercial generation of power in January, two months after its first unit was shut down over a ‘leak’ noticed in the station.
SP Udayakumar of People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) had allegeed that second unit too has the same flaws and demanded the government to expansion with immediate effect.
“The second unit has serious safety problems. It is not possible to verify the credibility of all their claims as they have been contradicting themselves.... The government is not in a mood to respect people’s concern despite several protests,” Udayakuamr had told SouthLive.
The 1000 Mega Watt Kudankulam nuclear power plant was built with Russian expertise in November 1988.