Tirunelveli, May 14 UNI | 2 months ago

Six workers suffered burn injuries, when hot water flowing through one of the valves of first unit of VVER 1000 Mega Watt Pressurised water reactor at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) spilled due to alleged leakage, here today.

Preliminary reports quoting official sources said the hot water spilled on the employees and they suffered mild burn injuries, this afternoon.

After providing first aid at the hospital located in the KKNPP complex, the injured employees were later admitted to a private hospital at Nagercoil for treatment.

"It was not an explosion or accident, but an incident," they claimed.

The sources said 'KKNPP is absolutely safe and there is no need for panic.' It is functioning normally, they added. However, rumours spread across coastal hamlets around KKNPP that there was an explosion in one of the valves connected to the turbine.

The Indo-Russian joint venture KKNPP, which was in the midst of controversy following stiff resistance from the locals was dragged into yet another controversy, when the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), a Civil group spearheading the ongoing struggle against the nuclear project had alleged that KKNPP has been constructed with substandard equipments and parts supplied by ZiO-Podolsk, an engineering subsidiary of the Russian company Rosatom.

The first reactor of KKNPP attained criticality on July 13, 2013 and after undergoing several technical evaluations, it was synchronised with the Southern power grid on October 22, last.

(Posted on 15-05-2014)