Hit by protests, commissioning of the first unit of the Indo-Russian Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project has been further delayed by another two months to May next.

After achieving 99.2 per cent of the physical progress to produce 1000 MW of power, the first unit is now expected to go for commercial operation by May next year, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited said.

The plant was earlier scheduled for commercial operations in December but it was deferred to March next due to the stir by locals and resultant stand-off between them and government.

The commercial operation of the second unit to produce another 1000 mw is now expected by Feb 2013, the NPCIL said.

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