Kakrapar automic power station near Surat
ONE of the two 220 MW units of Kakrapar Atomic Power Station(KAPS) in Gujarat’s Surat district was on Friday (March 11) shut down after leakage of heavy water and a temporary emergency situation was declared but there was no radioactive leak and all workers are safe.
According to officials, the leakage of heavy water that is used in cooling off the nuclear reactor core was detected around 9 am and it was fixed in some time and the temporary emergency was lifted shortly afterwards.
Surat District Collector Rajendra Kumar said there was no leakage of radiation at the plant and the situation was under control.
The incident took place on a day when Japan marks the fifth anniversary of Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by a monster tsunami.
KAPS site director L K Jain in a statement said radiation levels in and outside the plant are normal.
The KAPS, located on the border of Surat and Tapi districts near Vyara town of Tapi, is run by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL).
Tapi District Collector B C Patni also confirmed that there was no report of radiation leakage.