Chennai: Pitching for speedy implementation of
Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, stalled over protests by
local villagers, Principal Scientific Advisor to the
Government R Chidambaram today said the concerns of those
opposing it had been addressed and now it should start.
"All their concerns have been addressed. Whatever concerns
those people had, has been addressed. Now, it should start.."
he told reporters on the sidelines of a CII function here.
When the two (each 1,000 MW) units of the KNPP became
operational, Tamil Nadu would get 930 MW, Chidambaram a former
Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission, said.
"At the current rate of per capita electricity consumption
in Tamil Nadu, that 900 plus MW electricity will be consumed
by four million people.Just imagine what will be the impact."
He said Tarapore was a fishing village when work on the
nuclear power plant (there) started. "..now it is a booming
town.. this is what will happen (to Koodankulam)."
Stating that the central committee had addressed all the
safety concerns of the locals, he said the panel set up by the
state Chief Minister should soon give its report. "I hope the
project comes (which) it is so important for India."
He said of the 2000 MW to be produced by KNPP, nearly half
would go to Central grid and 930 mw to Tamil Nadu. "The
remaining will go to neighbouring states. All of them will
"See, if you want to become a knowledge economy, you must
be able to wholly introduce, new advanced technology. Unless
you do that, you cannot become a developed country", he said.
Asked about the ongoing protest over the Indo-Russian
project work on which faced a hurdle following protest by
locals citing safety concerns, Chidambaram said there was
concern after the Fukushima accident in Japan last year.
"You take United Kingdom, the pro-nuclear (group) went
down after Fukushima, but last poll, has climbed back to
pre-Fukushima status (supporting the project), in the United
kingdom.. So this is what they called a temporary blip. Same
thing should happen for India", he said.