Ahead of the forthcoming visit of the US President Donald Trump next month, top officials of both sides are having several rounds of talks in an effort to resolve issues related to the six US nuclear power plants in India.
For over a decade officials from both sides have had several rounds of commercial as well as technology-related negotiations for the US company to build six nuclear reactors. India has planned to triple its nuclear capacity by 2024 in an effort to give up the fossil fuels.
If and when the contract between India and the US becomes active it is expected to give a big push to the country’s $150-billion nuclear power programme. Though the dates of President Trump’s visit have not been officially announced, it is expected that the visit will be in the second half of February.
Last year at the end of talks between Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale and Andrea Thompson, US undersecretary of state for arms control and international security, both sides agreed to strengthen security and civil nuclear cooperation.
And to building six US nuclear power plants in India. The issue of the stalled six nuclear plants had come up during the second round of India-US 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue last December.
Nuclear Operator Liability issue
It is related to the Indian liability rules under which the costs of an accident at the plant has to be shouldered by the operator and not the builder of the nuclear power station.
US-based Westinghouse has been negotiating to build reactors in India for more than a decade, however, as has been reported earlier by The Financial Express Newspaper, the project was stalled when the company had filed for bankruptcy in 2017.