Kudankulam Unit 1 dedicated to the nation
India's nuclear energy programme touched new heights with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa jointly dedicating to the nation the 1,000 MW Nuclear Power Plant-I at Kudankulam. Built with Russian technology, this Unit has been functional since 2014 and is connected to the Southern grid. Speaking on the occasion via video conferencing Prime Minister Modi said this was an important move forward in the continuing efforts to scale up production of clean energy in India. He also praised the technicians from both countries who worked on the project. President Vladimir Putin congratulated India for this achievement. He described it as another milestone in strategic relations between the two countries. India's atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited is setting up two 1,000 MWe Russian reactors at Kudankulam village in Tirunelveli district in Tamil Nadu. These reactors are being jointly developed with support from Russia's state-run nuclear power corporation, Rosatom. Authorities say that the second unit at Kudankulam will be ready after the necessary tests and clearances soon. The Kudankulam project will help meet power needs in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala. India and Russia have been cooperating on the nuclear energy front for many years now and Wednesday's achievement further cemented the cooperation between the two countries in the field of clean energy.
Click here to watch the video of PM Shri Narendra Modi's speech at the dedication of kudankulam nuclear plant project the Nation (External link)