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Kudankulam to become the biggest nuclear complex in India

Kudangulam near the southern tip of the country will soon emerge as the biggest nuclear power complex in India when Indian and Russian leaders signed the general framework agreement coinciding with the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to St Petersburg.

India has been dithering in signing the agreement as it missed several deadlines forcing Moscow to dispatch a senior leader to take up the issue with Indian leaders a few months ago.

Two units of 2000 MW have already been commissioned and two more units of the same size are under construction. The general framework agreement signed paves way for the construction of two more units of 2000 Mw capacity.

The agreement was signed by Mr Satish Kumar Sharma chairman of Nuclear Power Corporation of India and Mr Alexei Likhchev in the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Modi.

In all five agreements were signed during the visit including the contract between Indian and Russian railways. The contract provides for preparation of the justification for implementation of high speed rail service between Nagpur and Secunderabad. Delhi Nagpur track upgradation work has been awarded to the Japanese railways.

This means the earlier proposal for running a high speed train service between Delhi and Chennai with assistance from Chinese railways has been scraped without a formal announcement.

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