The issue was raised by Sri Lanka’s power and energy minister Champika Ranawaka. According to the minister, the matter will be raised in the next meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September.
Lanka has raised concerns in the event of a nuclear catastrophe in one of these plants and its impact on Lanka. A narrow strip of the sea is what divides both countries.
According to a report on Xinhua, Ranawaka has been quoted as saying to reporters that Sri Lanka is seeking an agreement with India on nuclear disaster management. It has also been reported that New Delhi has responded positively on this matter.
As per the Sri Lankan side, they feel the town of Mannar in the northern part of the country will be impacted severely in case of a nuclear disaster. The Minister added that his ministry is conducting a survey of the coast to identify the areas to carry out radiation tests.
Sri Lanka seem to be wary after the nuclear leak report that emerged from tsunami-stricken Japan last year. The nuclear plant in Fukushima suffered damages as a result of the earthquake and subsequent tsunami.