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Caution thrown to wind at nuclear sub project?

Caution thrown to wind  at nuclear sub project?
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Nuclear Sub Project : Caution Thrown To Wind At Nuclear Sub Project?. How safe is India's first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS...

  • Safety concerns over making of first nuclear-powered submarine
  • AERB norms being flouted at Ship Building Centre: Unions
  • Acute shortage of radiological safety offices at the SCB
  • Ordinary workers forced to sign in as radiation technologists, fear threat

Samuel Tatikonda

Visakhapatnam: How safe is India's first nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine INS Arihant? This question may raise many an eyebrow with "things" not really looking up at the Ship Building Centre (SBC) at Visakhapatnam. The 6,000 tonne vessel is built under the Advanced Technology Vessel Project by SBC and it is supposed to be the pride of India.

Is another catastrophic disaster in the waiting, close on the heels of 'INS Sindhurakshak', which went down fighting into the waters of the Arabian Sea. Employees say "all is not well with the powers that be at SBC. Caution is thrown to the wind and the administration has scant respect for the grave issues raised by them from time to time".

It all started with the SBC administration trying to issue Thermo Luminescent Dosimeter (TLD) badges to its employees towards the end of May this year. “It is also forcing them to sign papers as radiation technologists,” said sources, adding that it was stiffly resisted by the SBC Civilian Employees Union (SBCCEU).

Like a film badge, the TLD badge is worn for a period of time (usually for three months or less). It must be examined and processed later to determine the radiation dose received, if any. There is a limitation of dosage per year. The TLD badge is issued to "trained and licensed" employees working under radioactive conditions. Technicians/technologists or radiation safety officers must be trained and certified by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) or the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) before they are exposed to duties on radiation.

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