"...Confined To Administrative Block": Minister On Kudankulam Cyber Breach

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) had recently admitted of a malware attack on one of the computers in the plant.

'...Confined To Administrative Block': Minister On Kudankulam Cyber Breach

The plant systems were not affected, Nuclear Power Corporation of India had said (File)

New Delhi:

Amid reports of a cyber attack on the Kudankulam nuclear power plant, Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Wednesday told Lok Sabha that "if at all an error like this happened, it was confined to the administrative block".

The Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL), a public sector undertaking under the Department of Atomic Energy, had recently admitted of a malware attack on one of the computers in the plant but said the plant systems were not affected.

During Question Hour, the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office, who also looks after the Department of Atomic Energy, said, "Whatever if at all an error like this happened...it was only confined to the administrative block (of the plant)".

"The concern of member is very valid...I cannot deny certain admission were made by the Department," he said while replying to a question on recent cyber attack on the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

There is a secured system to tackle cyber attacks and there is a segregation of nuclear generation from the administrative segment, he said.

He emphasised the need to create awareness about nuclear power plants and that there is no radiation risk.

Citing an example, Mr Singh said, in some countries particularly France nuclear power plants are located even in residential areas.

All such plants are following most stringent norms of safety and security and there are regular review of power plants done.

Besides, he said, most of the plants are located very far from the seismic zone.

Allaying concerns over spent fuel storage facility, Mr Singh said the design of the Away From Reactor (AFR) spent fuel storage facility for Kumdankulam Units 1 and 2 has been completed and the process of obtaining environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forest is underway.

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