Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Coimbatore firm builds 'longest' periscope for Kalpakkam plant

A 10-metre long periscope manufactured by a city-based firm for a nuclear reactor at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) in Kalpakkam was dedicated to the nation on Monday. The manufacturers claimed that the periscope was the longest in the world.

Manufactured at a cost of Rs 3.9 crore by Coimbatore-based Visual Education Aids (P) Ltd (VEA) in collaboration with IGCAR and others, the periscope was handed over to Bharatiya Nabhikiya Vidyut Nigam (Bhavini), Kalpakkam, by IGCAR director S C Chetal here.

Built with specification from Bhavini and Bhabha Atomic Research Centre over a period of two-and-half years, the periscope can function under high temperature and radiation. This periscope has facilities for scanning the area of interest, image zooming, image relay, image focusing and image rotation, which are motorised and can be remotely operated by an operator with a remote control panel.

Chetal claimed that developing the periscope was a major step's in the country's goal to become self-sufficient in technology and is a good example of public-private partnership to produce world class quality equipment.

He said except two reactors in Tarapur and another two in Tamil Nadu all the other eight nuclear reactors have been indigenously built. India plans to generate 20,000 MW of power through nuclear reactor in the next two decades. More reactors would come up in next decade, he added.

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