The first nuclear reactor of the Rs 17,000-crore nuclear power plant in Kudankulam,which attained criticality on Saturday night,was functioning smoothly on Sunday and all the parameters are normal,a top official said.
At 2305 hrs (last night),the first nuclear reactor attained criticality (also known as atomic chain reaction) and all the parametres are normal. Sustained nuclear chain reaction has been achieved. Everything is normal, R S Sundar,site director of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP),told PTI.
Overcoming a series of protests and legal hurdles that delayed the commissioning of the plant,the 1,000-mw pressurised water Reactor (PWE) finally attained criticality,prompting the nuclear establishment to rejoice the red letter day.