PM visits BARC strategic lab

Mumbai: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday visited the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre in Trombay here.

Singh, who is on a two day visit to Maharashtra, went around the Radiochemistry laboratory in BARC, sources said.

During his half-an-hour tour of the strategic laboratory, Singh was accompanied by the Atomic Energy Commission, Chairman S Banerjee and BARC Director R K Sinha, they said.

The Prime Minister`s visit was a low-key affair and he interacted with scientists of only that laboratory, sources said.

Singh will present the Infosys Science Foundation awards, which honour researchers and scientists from different disciplines, at Hotel Taj in south Mumbai.

Tomorrow, he will formally dedicate an indigenous reprocessing plant of BARC at Tarapur in neighbouring Thane district.

The plant with a capacity of 100 tonnes was commissioned in October 2010 to reprocess spent fuel. This is the third such facility in the country, with the other two located at Trombay and Kalpakkam.

The Prime Minister will also pay a brief visit to the indigenously built 540 MW plants of Pressurised Heavy Water Reactor (PHWR) units 3 and 4 of Tarapur Atomic Power Station (TAPS) of Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL).

TAPS also houses two 160 MW Boiling Water Reactors (BWR).

All the four plants of TAPS produce a total capacity of 1400 MW electricity for the Western Grid.