The National Nuclear Day is being celebrated today marking the first concrete pouring into the first unit of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant on November 30 in 2017.
Nuclear Power Plant Company Bangladesh Limited and Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission and Ministry of Science and Technology have jointly organised an event marking the day at the Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant project in Ishwardi on Monday.
However, due to the coronavirus epidemic, this day is being celebrated in a limited scale.
Minister of Science and Technology Architect Yafes Osman inaugurated the event as the chief guest.
In his speech, the minister said, "Our dream will be fulfilled once the Rooppur nuclear power project is completed. Then we can proudly say that Bangladesh is the 33rd country in the world producing nuclear power. The nuclear power project will take the country to the stage of development as well as fulfill the dream of uninterrupted power generation."
Project Director Shaukat Akbar told reporters that Bangladesh would become a developed country by setting up Rooppur power plant.
He hoped that the Rooppur nuclear power project would be completed within the stipulated time.
Two nuclear power plants of 1,200 MW each are currently under construction at Rooppur in Ishwardi with Russian financial and technical assistance.
The project director further added that the work of the first unit is expected to be completed in 2023 and the second unit next year.
ASE Vice President Sergei Lastochkin, Project Director Dr Saukat Akbar, Atomic Energy Commission Information Officer Saikat Ahmed, Member Engineer Abdus Salam, Director Engineer Nasir Ahmed, Rooppur Colonel Shakib, Site Office in charge of the project Ruhul Quddus were present in the event among others.
In 30 November, 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasian poured the first concrete at the Unit-1 of Rooppur Nuclear Power Plant. To commemorate this day, 30 November has been decided to be celebrated as the "Nuclear Day."