Indian nuclear experts see the tripartite agreement between India, Russia and Bangladesh to cooperate for the construction of the Rooppur Nuclear power Plant as a start in the right direction and contend that it would strengthen India’s case for entry into Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG) as well. Bangladesh nuclear experts have also hailed the agreement but with a caveat that the country should build its own capacity in the field rather than being dependent on the outside help.
The agreement was inked on March 1. The work on the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant, the first nuclear plant for Bangladesh, began last year. The MoU for cooperation was signed by Rosatom Deputy Director General Nikolay Spassky, Indian Ambassador to Russia Pankaj Saran and Bangladesh Ambassador to Russia S.M. Saiful Hoque. “The tripartite agreement will impact Indian Nuclear Industry very positively. Even though India is going to start with providing assistance in manpower training, this would open the door also for subsequent involvement of the industry in other areas like providing equipment and installation etc.,” Dr. Manpreet Sethi, Senior Fellow at Centre for Air Power studies (CAPS) told Nuclear Asia.
Anil Razdan, President of India and Energy Forum and former Power Secretary of Government of India also echoed the same sentiments. “India as such in the region has the longest and the most diversified experience in the field of nuclear power; and for Bangladesh it would be the first venture into the nuclear power. So given India’s relationship with Bangladesh, we already have power-sector relationship, this (the nuclear cooperation) I would say is only natural and beneficial to both the countries,” Razdan said.