In an effort to strengthen regulatory control on nuclear facilities and meet any kind of nuclear emergency, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) has begun the process of establishing regional regulatory centres in various zones. The northern regional centre to be set up in New Delhi during 12th five year plan is now in the pipeline.
The regional centre would play an important role in providing prompt response in the events of nuclear emergency in nuclear facilities. In the first phase, two regional centres covering eastern region and southern region have been set up, said R Bhattacharya, secretary of AERB.
Since AERB has its headquarters in Mumbai, no regional centre is proposed in Mumbai. The centre will also exercise regulatory supervision on various types of radiation facilities such as nuclear medicines, industrial radiography, radiotherapy and others, he added.
While the Southern Regional Regulatory Centre (SRRC) is functioning from Kalpakkam and the Eastern Regional Regulatory Centre (ERRC) from the Variable Energy Cyclotron Centre (VECC) complex, Kolkata, it is now proposed to have a separate building and infrastructure facilities at both the regions during the 12th five year plan. The work for constructing of ERRC building at Rajarhat Complex, Kolkata has already taken off.
The regulatory activities carried out by these centres would primarily comprise regulatory inspections of various type of radiation facilities located in that zone.