Source: News Bharati English19 May 2017 16:02:23

New Delhi, May 19: External Affairs Ministry has dismissed media report linking India's ongoing discussions with Russia on Kudankulam to India's NSG membership as mischievous. External Affairs Ministry said discussions have been held on Kudankulam document and the process is at the stage of internal approval.

Refuting a media report that suggested that India was holding back the MoU to make Russia use its influence over China to enable India`s membership in the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG), official Spokesperson Gopal Baglay said, "The report is completely baseless, incorrect and mischievous. Discussions have been held on Kudankulam document. The process is at the stage of internal approval."

At the NSG plenary in Seoul in June last year, China had blocked India`s membership bid on the ground that for a country to be a member of the 48-nation bloc it has to be a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

Given Baglay`s statement, it is likely that the MoU for the reactor units 5 and 6 of KNPP, India`s largest nuclear power plant, will be signed during the India-Russia bilateral summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg on June 1.

All six units of the plant are scheduled to be built in collaboration between Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and Russian state company Atomstroyexport.

Once completed, the 10 reactors of 700 MW each will give much needed fillip to the domestic nuclear industry.

India currently has installed nuclear power capacity of 6,780 MW from 22 operational plants. Another 6,700 MW of nuclear power is expected to be added by 2021-22 when currently under-construction projects go onstream in Rajasthan, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.