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Pakistan’s government has approved construction of two new nuclear power plants near Karachi, but still needs to satisfy security concerns.

The Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) has granted approval to the $10bn project’s environmental impact assessment (EIA) report and authorized the construction of power plants at Paradise Point near Kanupp, reported The Dawn.
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However SEPA has stipulated that a contingency plan needs to be implemented 24 hours a day to handle any emergency.

The project covers construction of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant-2 (KANUPP-2) and KANUPP-3 power plants of 1,100MW each by a Chinese company.

There are concerns from environmentalists about the proximity of the proposed plant to the city. The Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) has not yet launched a fresh EIA to expand the evacuation plan that is now restricted to a 5km radius of the plants.

“The K-2/K-3 physical security plan shall be established in accordance with national Pakistan Nuclear Regulatory Authority (PNRA) regulations and guidelines provided in the International Atomic Energy Agency nuclear security series No.13 to maintain routine security actions and deal with a range of possible security contingencies,” SEPA said.