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Third round of talks fail to break logjam on KNPP

The third round of talks to break the impasse over the controversial Koodankulam Nuclear Power project failed to make headway.



Tirunelveli (TN): The third round of talks to
break the impasse over the controversial Koodankulam Nuclear
Power project failed to make headway with the agitating groups
saying the safety concerns were not addressed despite the
central expert panel vouching for its safety.

"They did not give us the documents we asked for. They
even said that they found it difficult to get some of the
documents. We have asked them to continue the talks with our
expert committee, for which they have not answered. The talks
were not satisfactory," M Pushparayan, an anti-KNPP activist
and a member on the state expert committee, said.

"Without giving the documents as asked for, how can they
allay the fears?" he asked.

On the other hand, the central group headed by A E
Muthunayagam said the third round of talks showed an
improvement compared to the previous two rounds of talks.

The central group provided all answers to questions raised
by the state team. But it cannot provide documents related to
policy matters besides plan diagram related to KNPP, he said.

He said the panel gave an elaborate report to the state
committee members on all aspects of nuclear reactors not only
in the context of the KNPP but also entire gamut of safety
issues relating to reactors throughout the world.

"In this we have presented detailed reports about the atomic
reactors situated around the world, the nuclear disasters in
America, Russia and Japan and the explicit reasons for such
accidents," he told reporters after holding talks with the
state committee members and others.

PTI

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