According to a report by a US-based Foreign Policy magazine, India is building an entire nuclear city in Karnataka to produce thermonuclear weapons.
The city is located in Challakere, which is 260km from Mysore.
The magazine report in turn has cited a report published by the Centre for Public Integrity to be its source and says that the top secret thermonuclear facility would be complete by 2017.
The report also states that the facility would be India’s largest military-run complex of nuclear centrifuges.
The report, which has been written by Adrian Levy, author of the widely-acclaimed book on Pakistan’s nuclear programme —Deception: Pakistan, the United States, and the Secret Trade in Nuclear Weapons, also states that the facility will upgrade India’s position with regards to nuclear power and will unsettle the balance of power in the region.
The report states:
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“India’s close neighbours, China and Pakistan, would see this move as a provocation. Experts say they might respond by ratcheting up their own nuclear firepower.”
The reports also claims that the Indian government has never published detailed accounts about its nuclear arsenal, on which they got their first success in 1974 itself.
It also claims that the development in at Challakere has not come to the public notice, especially outside India and the location has its own strategic implications.
Furthermore, the report states that the Indian government has divulged very little information about the nuclear facility and has made no promises about how they will utilize the highly enriched uranium that would be produced there.
The facility and the area too are not open for international inspection as it is a military facility.
The report writer also fears that the facility is aimed to give India an extra stockpile of enriched uranium fuel, which it turn could be used for building new hydrogen bombs or thermonuclear weapons and substantially increase India’s explosive force.
Commenting on the report, Ministry of External Affairs sources has said, “It appears to be a clearly motivated piece which seeks to paint a picture of India’s nuclear programme, which does not tally with facts at all.”
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