Third round of talks fail to break logjam on KNPP
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Last Updated: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 22:39
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.


First Published: Thursday, December 15, 2011, 22:39

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