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From 50 Years Ago: Control over Tarapur

Weekly Notes from Volume XIV, No 39, September 29, 1962.

From 50 Years Ago

Vol XiV, No 39, september 29, 1962

weekly notes

Control over Tarapur

What Dr Homi J Bhabha, Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission, announced at the specially summoned press conference on Monday was that, of the seven tenders received in response to the global enquiry issued for the design and construction of the atomic power station at Tarapur, the offer from Inter­national General Electric, USA, had been found to be the most suitable by the Government. Acceptance of the tender and signing of agreement for the construction of the project must, however, await the conclusion of satisfactory arrangements with the United States regarding, as the communique issued by the Department of Atomic Energy cryptically put it, “financing, fuel supply, safeguards and allied matters”… Dr Bhabha confirmed what had been reported earlier, viz, that India would prefer US supervision at Tarapur to supervision by the International Atomic Energy Agency. The reason, he said, was that India expected US control to be less onerous than the IAEA’s...The question therefore to be asked is: Will US supervision be less onerous than the IAEA’s?

What makes this a difficult question to answer is that it is the US who was the chief sponsor of the IAEA system of supervision which we regard as being obnoxious, too elaborate and cramping…Will the US herself now agree to whittle down the safeguard requirements...

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