Officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL), India’s atomic power plant operator, worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 lockdown to ensure that indigenously designed 700 MW pressurised heavy water reactor (PHWR) at Kakrapar Atomic Power Station in Gujarat attained criticality, a top official of Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) said.
Like the nuclear fission in an atomic reactor that goes on continuously, the officials of the Indian nuclear sector worked continuously to achieve the technological milestone on July 22, albeit by following the necessary health protocols, K.N. Vyas, Chairman, AEC, told IANS.
“A lot of credit should be given to local administration and the state government. Many protocols had to be followed during the Covid-19 lockdown period. There was good coordination between local administration, state government and NPCIL.”