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Unfavourable wind direction delayed Pokhran tests by over 6 hours, recalls DRDO scientist

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Unfavourable wind direction delayed the nuclear tests by over six hours on May 11, 1998, a senior and Development Organisation (DRDO) said today.

The decision to defer the tests for a few hours was taken considering the winds might carry the to inhabited lands or

"The original plan was to detonate all the three devices at 9 am but unfavourable wind direction delayed the whole event.

"And according to the protocols of international conventions, the wind direction should not be towards other countries or inhabited areas. All waited for almost six hours for the wind direction to change," said Manjit Singh, who was part of the team that conducted the tests, at a DRDO event.

The recalled how the team did not want to wait in the control room of the tests anticipating that it would collapse due to the tremors caused by the explosion.

After the tests, had declared it had crossed the nuclear threshhold.

Singh joined the (TBRL) as a junior in December 1984.

He was given an award in 1998 by then Singh took charge as Director, TBRL, on July 29, 2011.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 23:15 IST
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