indo-asian news service 
CHENNAI, 13 JULY: The much-awaited event for the Indian nuclear establishment, the first unit at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project and India’s 21st reactor, began the nuclear fission process Saturday night, officials of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd said.
“At 11.05 p.m., the first reactor attained criticality and all the parameters are normal,” a jubilant R S Sundar, site director of KNPP, said over phone. He said sustained nuclear reaction has been achieved and all parameters are as per expectations. “After a long time, the mood here is good,” he added. Top officials of the Indian nuclear establishment, including R K Sinha, chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission and secretary, department of atomic energy, and K C Purohit, chairman and MD, NPCIL, among others, are at Kudankulam to see the first of the two Russian-made units attain criticality in a smooth manner.