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"Mishap not related to nuclear activity"

Posted on Mar 09 2014 | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 9 : The Defence Ministry on Sunday said the 'accident' at the under-construction nuclear submarine at the shipbuilding centre of Eastern Naval Command (ENC) in Visakhapatnam was not related with any 'Nuclear related activity'.

One person was killed and two others were injured in the accident.

It said the mishap will not affect the project activities or the activities of Indian Navy or DRDO.

"An accident occurred last evening while M/s L and T, an industrial partner, was undertaking preparatory activities of Hydro Pressure Test of a tank inside a building at the Ship Building Centre, Visakhapatnam. The test of the component was part of the standard industrial process being carried out by the industrial partner at the facility," the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

"The accident led to the unfortunate death of a worker and injury to two other workers of M/s Larsen and Toubro. Immediate medical attention was provided and the injured workers are now stable. No defence personnel were involved in the accident. The accident is in no way related with any Nuclear related activity," it said.

" The submarines are safe and the accident does not adversely affect the project activities or the activities of Indian Navy or DRDO. Work related to the pressure system involved in accident has been suspended till the cause is established and mitigating measures are put in place," it said.

The Ministry said an inquiry has been ordered into the matter.

" An inquiry has been ordered by the Department of Defence R and D to investigate the accident," the Ministry said.

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