Bangladesh embarks on nuke power programmeBangladesh Sangbad Sangstha. Rooppur / New Age Online
Bangladesh Wednesday embarked on a nuclear power programme as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina inaugurated the first phase work of the much-awaited Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) Project here.
"After decades of speculation, plans and programmes, commissioning of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant is going to be a reality heralding a new era for Bangladesh. This is indeed a joyful day for the countrymen," the Prime Minister said inaugurating the project.
Mentioning that safety is the top-priority for the Rooppur NPP Project, the Prime Minister said the government will never compromise with safety standards.
"Our nuclear energy program is very transparent as Bangladesh has signed all the major international treaties, agreements and protocols related to the nuclear non- proliferation," she said.
For embarking on a nuclear power programme, Sheikh Hasina said, her government has given top priority to the issues of the development of an appropriate nuclear infrastructure based on the IAEA Safety Standards and other relevant guidance as well as international good practices.
"We have promulgated Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Act- 2012 to strengthen national nuclear regulatory infrastructure to ensure safe and secured applications to nuclear techniques and building the country's first nuclear power plant- Rooppur NPP," she said.
Held under the auspices of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and the Ministry of Science and Technology, the function was addressed by former Russian Prime Minister and Director General of Russia's State Atomic Energy Commission (ROSATOM) Sergey Kirienko, Planning Minister Air Vice Marshal (retd) AK Khandakar, State Minister for Home Advocate Shamsul Haque Tuku and Head of Department of Technical Cooperation of IAEA, Osqar Acquino.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Science and Technology Ministry Alhaz Dabirul Islam, local MP Shamsur Rahman Sharif Dilu, Director General of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Centre Mahmudul Hasan also spoke on the occasion while state minister for Science and Technology Architect Yeafesh Osman was in the chair.
Secretary of the ministry Rafiqul Islam delivered the welcome address while chairman of Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission Abu Sayeed M Firoz gave vote of thanks.
The Prime Minister said an independent nuclear regulatory authority called Bangladesh Atomic Energy Regulatory Authority has already been formed.
Besides, she said, bilateral relationship with the nuclear regulatory body of Russian Federation as well as the IAEA has been established for the capacity building of our national nuclear regulatory authority.
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