Chennai, Apr 15 UNI | 3 months ago

Atomic Energy Agency's former Chairman Anil Kakodkar today attributed the power crisis in Tamil Nadu and some other states, to the delay in power production at the Koodankulam nueclear power project, following the agitations by Peoples Movement Against Nuclear Energy(PMNAE) when the project was being readied,

But now this as well as the teething problems experienced while installing a nuclear reactor, had been overcome and the first unit of the project has started generating power to its full capacity, he said in a brief chat with newspersons at the airport, after his arrival in Chennai this morning on a private visit.

He said the power crisis in Tamil Nadu would ease 'step by step,' now that the Koodankulam nuclear power reactor has started functioning to its full capacity.

Mr Kakodkar said it was wrong to say that there was shortage of uranium, fuel used in the reactors, and the delay in power production in Koodankulam was due to this.

He said there was enough stock of uranium for all nuclear power reactors in India, including the Koodankulam project.

(Posted on 15-04-2014)