Allay fears on safety of Koodankulam plant: BJP

Last Updated: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 21:19

New Delhi: BJP on Monday refused to be drawn into
a debate on former President Abdul Kalam`s report on
Koodankulam nuclear facility and insisted that it was for
the government to allay the fears of the people on the safety
of the plant.

"It is the duty of the government to allay the fears,
if there is any truth or unfounded fears and assure the nation
on the safety of the people..... Kalam is a respected
scientist but we cannot comment as we have not seen his
32-page report on Koodankulam," BJP spokesperson Prakash
Javadekar said.

He insisted that there appear to be some "legitimate
concerns" of the people on the safety of the nuclear plant and
these need to be looked into.

He claimed that some countries which were exporting
technology to the Koodankulam plant have stopped doing so as
they are not satisfied with some issues. They themselves are
not going ahead with the projects which are in the pipeline.

"Kalam has already said he is not a mediator between
the locals and the government," Javadekar said.

Kalam had visited the Koodankulam plant which is in
the thick of controversy due to concerns about threat of
nuclear leakage in case of a Tsunami as it is located near the

He met the scientists and other staff at the plant and
later said the plant was safe and if there was a leakage of
radioactive material it would be confined to the plant.


First Published: Monday, November 7, 2011 - 21:19

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