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India-Russia Sign Pact for Kudankulam Units 3-4
Apr 13, 2014

After years of deadlock on the liability issue, India and Russia have signed an agreement for building units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project (KKNPP) at a cost of Rs 33,000 crore.

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) signed a General Framework Agreement with its Russian counterpart on April 11. However, some permissions are required from Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AREB) before work on the project could actually start.

Units 3 and 4 of the KKNPP had been stuck over the Right to Recourse Clause of the Civil Liability Nuclear Damage Act 2010 as the Russians have been apprehensive over it.

In October last year, the deal could not be signed when India Prime Minister visited Russia due to lack of consensus over the issue between both the countries. However, the issue has been sorted out after hectic negotiations.

Things were expedited and the proposal was moved before the Cabinet Committee on Security. The atomic energy department wanted to seek permission of the Election Commission as polls were declared a week later.

India wanted to play safe and did not want any kind of hurdle as the project has already been delayed for a long time. 



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