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
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