Reactors at Kudankulam best in world: Russia

New Delhi: Seeking to allay fears, Russia today said the reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant are the "best" in the world and expressed the hope that the plant would start generating power soon.

Russian Ambassador to India Alexander M Kadakin said once the Kudankulam Plant starts generating electricity, it would help reduce the energy deficit in southern parts of the country.

The first plant is expected to generate 2,000 MW of electricity out of which 1,000 MW will be given to Tamil Nadu, where the plant is located. The state is facing acute power shortage for the past one year. "We are glad that the work has resumed and it would be ready (in sometime). We want this to function and to give much needed electricity to the South," Kadakin told PTI on the sidelines of a private function.

Kudankulam plant would reduce the energy deficit and make India realise its energy demands, he said.

The Ambassador also sought to allay fears of the protesters by stating that the technology and safety measures are updated and best in this world. "We have shared our best technologies in these reactors and these are the safest in the world," he said.

Minister of State in the Prime Minister`s Office V Narayanasamy has said that the first unit of the plant is expected to start generating electricity in the next 40 days.

On Syria, Kadakin acknowledged the tense situation there and called for a resolution which is balanced and doesn`t favour any single side involved in the conflict. "Any resolution by the UNSC shouldn`t give unilateral advantages to the parties in the conflict. One should not support so called opposition," said Kadakin.