New Delhi: Keeping in view the nuclear radiations triggered by a massive earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the Central government has started reviewing the safety measures of its nuclear programmes.

Addressing both the Houses of Parliament, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, on Monday, assured that the safety aspects of all the nuclear reactors were well in place and India is ready to tackle the situation in case any natural disaster happens.

He said that the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has been asked to review the safety of nuclear facilities and capabilities to face any N-related casualities.

India was in touch with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Japan Industrial Forum and World Association of Nuclear Operators, the PM added.

Presently, India has 20 nuclear reactors, out of which 18 are pressurized heavy water reactors.

Two reactors at Tarapur are boiling water reactors, like ones in Japan, and their safety audit was recently conducted.

Referring to the earthquake in Bhuj in 2002 and tsunami in 2004, the PM said that during such disasters all reactors were safe.

He added that according to DAE, Kakrapar Atomic Power Station continued functioning following the massive earthquake on January 26, 2002.

Similarly, the Madras Atomic Power Station was safely shutdown when tsunami had hit the country and after few days it was restarted.

Giving priority to the safety of nuclear plants, the Prime Minister said that the DAE is taking all necessary steps in this regard.

JPN/Bureau