Stressing on the safety and management of nuclear waste at the Rooppur nuclear power plant under construction in Pabna, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, “This is how the agreement with Russia was reached. Even then, many criticize without understanding.
He said this while addressing a function on the occasion of setting up of the main unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, Reactor Pressure Vessel or Nuclear Reactor, through video conferencing on Sunday morning.
“Pakistan has only given land, but they take the money allocated in Rooppur to West Pakistan,” she said.
He said that in the election of 1970, Bangabandhu demanded the construction of this nuclear power project After independence he signed a treaty with the IA. But after the assassination of Bangabandhu everything stopped. Subsequent rulers were not qualified to take this project forward, nor did they want to take it.
Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League came to power in 1996 after 21 years and took the project forward again. When he returned to power in 2009, his government finalized the Rooppur project in cooperation with Russia.
Earlier, at 11:40 am, he inaugurated the installation of the main unit of the nuclear power plant, Reactor Pressure Vessel, in the first unit through video conferencing from Dhaka. Alexei Likhachev, director general of Russia’s Atomic Energy Organization Rosatom, was present at the ceremony.
Science and Technology Secretary Ziaul Hasan gave an introductory speech on the occasion He said the project would play a role in tackling the effects of climate change as it is environmentally friendly.
Then a documentary on the Rooppur project was screened.
The Rooppur project is being constructed with the technical and financial support of Russia. Alexei Likhachev, director general of the Russian nuclear watchdog Rosatom, the contractor for the project, said at the event that the experiential knowledge that Russia has achieved year after year in science is being applied in Rooppur today. Some direct and indirect management has made the Rooppur project the safest. They will do their utmost to complete the project on time even in the midst of the Corona epidemic. It is also cooperating in building manpower for nuclear power projects This project will play a role in job creation and GDP growth Rosatom is making the safety of the project a top priority.
Science Minister Architect Yafes Osman, who presided over the event, said the incident was the most important chapter in the construction of the nuclear power plant. As a result, the project will move forward on time. Yafes Osman commented that the country will go a few steps further through this project.
The Rooppur project is being implemented by the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission. Project Director and nuclear scientist. Md. Shaukat Akbar said that the installation of almost all types of nuclear equipment was completed by installing reactor pressure vessels inside the physical structure of Unit-1. As a result, the work inside the reactor building of this unit will be almost completed. He said work on the project is being carried out in accordance with international standards.