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Mar 27, 2013 at 02:29pm IST

Kudankulam nuclear plant unit I will be operational in April: Manmohan Singh tells Putin

Durban: Kudankulam's controversial atomic reactor I will be operational by April, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has assured the Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS Summit in Durban on Wednesday. He has given an assurance that the controversial unit I of the Kudankulam atomic power reactor in Tamil Nadu will become operational by next month.

Singh was accompanied by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Commerce Minister Anand Sharma and National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon at the meeting.

The Kudankulam power plant, built with Russian help, has been rocked by protests since 2012. The PM will also meet Chinese Premier Xi Jinping later on Wednesday.

"I am pleased to inform you that Kudankulam I will become operational and critical by next month. As for Units III and IV we have secured all internal approvals and we hope to operationalise our cooperation on Unit III and IV," Singh told Putin.

On bilateral economic cooperation, Singh said the two countries cannot be satisfied with the status quo. On his part, Putin thanked the Prime Minister for the warm welcome he had received in December when he visited Delhi in 2012 and hoped that Singh would visit Russia for the G20 summit.

Singh said India did not not miss any opportunities for meeting the Russian President. He said India was satisfied with the pace of the programme of communication and cooperation between the two countries. "I have instructed National Security Adviser to keep in touch with the NSA of Russia and those who are responsible for the strategic programme," he said.

(With Additional Information From PTI)

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