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Nuclear plants across country to get explosive detectors - NPCIL

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Nuclear PlantAll nuclear power plants across the country will soon have chemical sniffers to detect explosives and counter sabotage. The state-run Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) is planning to install such safety nets across its 17 nuclear power plants. A policy decision was recently taken by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, which also looks into the safety aspects of a power plant.

In the backdrop of heavy water contamination in the Kaiga Atomic Plant in Karnataka where 55 employees reported sick because of radiation poisoning in a water cooler, S. K. Jain, chairman and managing director, NPCIL, spoke about various additional proposed security measures.

A chemical sniffer, mostly used to detect explosives, is a walk-through security system where the sensor samples the air drawn by a fan. A gas added to the air will glow in the presence of nitrogen compounds — found in explosives — triggering an alarm.

“A normal walk through detector will not be able to detect explosives. So someone can get in with small amounts (of explosives), unnoticed,” said Jain. Apart from identity verification of its recruits, NPCIL also conducts re-verification of its employees with individual profiling that looks into lifestyle changes or frequent absenteeism. The Intelligence Bureau, Central Industrial Security Force and state police is investigating whether the alleged sabotage was carried out by a an NPCIL insider or supporting contract staff.

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