J Jayalalithaa, the Chief Minister of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu has asked the central government to allot the entire power to be generated from the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP).
She has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh again after sending two letters earlier asking for full allotment of power from the first unit to the state. She said that she has not received any response from the central government to her earlier letters and expects a positive response now.
“To my dismay, no response has so far been received from you. I am given to understand that nuclear fuel loading in the first unit of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant is to happen within the next few days,” said the Chief Minister in the letter.
She expects the Prime Minister to agree to the state’s demand for the entire power that wll be generated from the first unit of the plant. Union minister of state for energy K C Venugopal had earlier said that as per the power sharing arrangement, Tamil Nadu is to get 925MW from the 2000MW KNPP while neighboring states would get the remaining.
The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has given its approval for loading of the fuel into the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. It is believed that the approval is a major step towards commissioning of the plant
AERB has also approved the "first approach to criticality’’ of the unit, which will result in the commencement of the controlled nuclear fission process in the nuclear plant, that will generate much needed electricity for the states in the region.