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ACADEMIC VISIT TO NAPS

(NARORA ATOMIC POWER STATION)


- A Report
Organised by
Vigyan Prasar, Noida and NPCIL, Mumbai

Narora Atomic Power Station,


Narora, Bulandshahr (UP)
May 31st June 01st 2012
THE ACADEMIC GROUP
Sl No. Name Organisation
1 Dr. Deokinandan Science Communicator
2 Shri V. K. Joshi Science Communicator
3 Dr. C. M. Nautiyal Scientist, BSIP, DST
4 Shri Pradeep Srivastava Scientist, CDRI
5 Dr. Arvind Dube Science Communicator
6 Shri Amritesh Srivastava NPCIL
7 Shri Nimish Kapoor VP
8 Shri Abhinav Gupta VP
Pradeep Srivastava, Scientist CDRI, Abhinav Gupta, PO, VP, Nimish Kapoor, Scientist, VP, Dr Arvind Dubey, Science
Communicator, Dr. R Chandra, NAPS, Dr CMNautiyal, Scientist, CDRI, Amritesh Srivastava, Manager(CC), NPCIL,
VKJoshi, Ex-Director, GSI, M K Tandon, PRO, NAPS and Dr Deokinandan, Ex-Scientist, BARC
INTERACTION WITH BIODIVERSITY ENTHUSIASTS
The two day academic tour was divided in three parts comprising
interaction with ecology and biodiversity enthusiasts, tour to biodiversity
developed areas across the NAPS and tour to power generation unit and
interaction with NAPS officials.
Interaction with ecology and biodiversity enthusiasts with the group were
held on 31.05.2012.
The group received information about the flora and fauna present and
observed in in and around areas of the power plant.
Shri Jitendra Pandey, NPCIL also an active watcher on biodiversity &
ecology developed in and around areas of NAPS informed the group
about various species of mammals, birds and fishes etc. found in the
vicinity of NAPS. He also informed the group about his live
experiences with wild cats and other wild animals which represents
availability of enough prey for them in the area.
A virtual tour of the forests and marine life was made to group
through videos / photographs of various wild animals, birds and fishes
found in and around NAPS.
The group was informed about various activities taken up by many
NGOs operating in the area around NAPS from ecological and
biodiversity point.
The group was informed about the presence of all the animals,
except the wild elephants in the adjoining forest land.
It was decided to have an early morning visit to the adjoining forest
within the boundary of NAPS.
The group made an early morning
tour to the forest developed inside
the campus of NAPS and was
accompanied by Mr. M K Tandon
Manager (PR), NAPS.
It was found out that the way animals
and birds were roaming around
showed that they were not scared by
the two-legged creature (humans) and
were quite at home as they have
nothing to do with the presence of
power plant
Presence of the lush green forest
cover with healthy creatures clears all
doubts about the radiation from
atomic power plant and that the fear
of radiation is a myth only
Biodiversity developed in and around Narora Atomic Power Station
The way these animals and birds were roaming around showed
that they were not scared by the two-legged creature and were
quite at home.

Biodiversity developed in and around Narora Atomic Power Station


Biodiversity developed in and around Narora Atomic Power Station
While going through the forest the group found out the place where the
output water from NAPS was channeled to the nearby canal.

It was found out that tiny insects were abundantly present at the mouth
of the confluence of water from the power house drained in to the canal.
And there were fish to consume those insects.

Presence of tiny creatures with variety of fishes in the canal is a clear


indicator that the water temperature in canal is within the limit for
marine ecology to develop.

The variety of fish, ghariyals and giant tortoise in the canal and nearby
Ganges again dispelled the myth that the water discharged from the
atomic power plant is harmful to the fauna. In fact it is not.

It was convincing enough that the environs around the plant were not
harmful in any respect to the fauna and the flora and even the aquatic
fauna and flora
Small larvae and insects breeding near the output water channel of NAPS
INTERACTION WITH NAPS OFFICIALS
Next part of the academic visit started with the interaction with Station
Director and other senior officials of NAPS. Station Director
welcomed all to NAPS and talked about the NAPSs role in Nuclear
Power Map of India.
During its visit to training centre of NAPS a detailed presentation on
the Narora Atomic Power Station and its operation was made by Mr.
R Chandra, Training Superintendent, NAPS to the academic group.
In his presentation Mr. R Chandra covered various safety aspects
(with double containment) of the NAPS, their preparedness to any
mishap and the benefits of Nuclear Energy.
The group was informed that
the NAPS is having 220 x 2 = 440 MW
installed capacity working on a capacity
factor of 70%. During his presentation Mr.
R Chandra opined that safety of a nuclear
power plant in terms of radiation leakage
etc. is of prime importance and hence all
AERB guidelines are followed.
The PHWR in NAPS is having double
containment structure resulting in reduced
chances of radiation leakage.
Various radiation detection meters are
installed at various places inside NAPS
campus and radiation level is periodically
measured in the surrounding areas of
NAPS.
NAPS is equipped with the radioactive
waste management facility inside the
campus including reclaiming of D2O from
the waste / leaked part and hence no Presentation was made on NAPS and the way electricity is
mixing with water. produced here with safety features
The Group having a look on the exhibition in the Training Centre of NAPS

After the presentation, group made a visit to the exhibition


centre to go through various stages and processes
involved in nuclear power production. A live model, fuel
and the structure of core were demonstrated to the group
by R Chandra, NAPS
View of Exhibition in the Training Centre of NAPS
Visit to Environment Sampling Laboratory

The group visited the environment


sampling laboratory and members
were informed about the
functioning and role of
environment sampling towards
nuclear safety
The group have a look of various
radiation measuring and other
equipments and the way sampling is
being done
Glimpses of Environment Sampling Laboratory

It was informed that the environment sampling


laboratory regularly monitors the radiation
levels in air as well as in the flora and fauna.
Samples of eatables, fishes, water, soil etc are
taken regularly to check the level of radiation
doses they are getting
Even health monitoring and radiation doses
received by workers and employees with local
peoples are measured on regular intervals
The Group made visit to cooling towers of the NAPS and was informed
about its working mechanism
The Group passing through
three tier security towards
control room of the Narora
Atomic Power Plant
The elaborate security
arrangements, checking and
installed radiation detector
at various places inside the
NAPS campus were the
Mr. R Chandra with Mr
MKTandon guided the
academic group to the
control room of the power
generation unit.
The working and functioning
of the control room was
told by the in-charge control
room.
Interior view of the Control
Room of NAPS
After a query, by Dr.
Deokinandan of the academic
group, about the accident
happened in NAPS in the past,
the group was the showed that
part of the unit which got
damaged in that accident which
is functioning properly right
now.
Later on visit was also made to
the turbine and generator room
by the group.
The academic visit was
concluded with vote of thanks
to Station Director about his
help and co-operation towards
providing better access of the
NAPS
The Last Step:Vote of Thanks to Station Director, NAPS
Scientoonist Pradeep Srivastava, Scientist,
CDRI drew two cartoons to depict the need
of nuclear energy and its safety based on his
observation during visit
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A memorable visit to continue in minds