Talks are on with New Delhi to set up a Russia-India Centre to provide training to Indian scientists in operating nuclear power plants, said Mikhail Gorbatov, Vice-Consul, Consulate General of Russia, Chennai, The Hindu reported.
Speaking to the newspaper correspondent on the sidelines of a seminar and photo exhibition on world peace and World War-II organised by St.Joseph’s College on Tuesday, Mr.Gorbatov said Russia had been an important partner of India for so long on many areas.
Besides the existing two nuclear power units (500 MW each), it had been proposed to set up two more units at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu. Similarly, chances are bright for setting up six more atomic power plants in the country. Though Russia would continue to offer technical assistance, it was expected that the expansion plan would require a large number of scientists and technocrats with expertise in nuclear power plant operations.
The idea of such a centre was discussed during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to the country few months ago, Gorbatov said.
The proposed centre is aimed at providing technical, operational, and maintenance skills to the technocrats.
"Russia has been extending its support to India for a long time and it has only been increasing in recent days. The volume of bilateral trade currently stands at Rs 10 billion and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is planning to increase it to Rs 20 billion by 2020. Russia is even going to be providing 70 helicopters to the country soon," Gorbatov explained to the students who had gathered for the screening.
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