Kudankulam nuclear plant top of agenda at Modi-Putin meet: All you need to know about KKNPP
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Russia and arrived in St Petersburg Thursday morning. It is expected to meet soon with Russian President Vladimir Poutine and the Kudankulam nuclear power plant (KKNPP) located in Tamil Nadu is one of the most important issues that the two leaders are expected to discuss about them. The plant has two units on hold and must be carried out in cooperation with a Russian company. The two countries are likely to sign 12 agreements and the Kudankulam agreement is established, will be the highlight of the trip for PM Modi in Russia. Here is everything you need to know about the KKNPP Agreement and the Prime Minister’s visit:
1. KKNPP was the result of an intergovernmental agreement between India and the former Soviet Union in 1988. During the same period, two other similar proposals were rejected, while the protest was blocking the government’s plans to build Peringome plants near Kannur And Ernakulam Bhoothathankettu, the two districts of Kerala.
2. KKNPP has encountered obstacles as the protests prevented the government from moving forward with the project. At the dawn of the Kudankulam demonstrations six years ago, 182 people were arrested, many accused of sedition. In total, 8000 cases were recorded. But little by little, the government managed to carry out the project. Over the years, four reactor units were built and operationalized. However, the plant has not given the promised power during the warranty tests. Its generation was only about 52 percent.
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3. The last two reactor units will be constructed and installed jointly by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd and Atomstroyexport. The latter is a subsidiary of the Rosatom regulatory body of the Russian nuclear complex. Each unit will have a power generation capacity of 1,000 MW.
4. PM Modi and Putin reached an agreement in 2015. According to the agreement, the agreement to build the 5 unit and 6 nuclear reactors unit at the plant was to be signed in 2016. The agreement had an obstacle with respect to the line Was to be extended by Russia.
5. The visit will try to seal the agreement so that the plant can be fully operational soon. The success of the agreement will also increase bilateral trade. Bilateral trade between India and Russia amounted to $ 7.8 billion to date. The number has dropped significantly compared to 10 billion in 2014. The two countries plan to increase to at least $ 30 billion over the next five years.
6. India has set up a “Doing in India” pavilion at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum and nearly 60 leading Indian companies should be part of the summit. The Indian delegation also held round tables and economic and economic breakfast between India and Eurasia. The 12 bilateral agreements signed between countries in relation to trade, science, technology, railways, cultural exchanges, civil nuclear cooperation.
The first stop will be the PM Modi Memorial Cemetery Piskariovskoye. It commemorates the 5 lakh Russian soldiers who died during World War II in Leningrad. The then prime minister will be received by Putin as Konstantin Palace, official residence of the Russian president. The summit will be followed by a state dinner hosted by Putin for PM Modi. PM Modi will also be present at the St. Petersburg Economic Forum as a man of honor. This will be the first time that Modi PM will be present in the business-with-politics forum.