Central panel on KNPP willing to resume talks

Last Updated: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 15:51

Chennai:Keen on resuming talks to end the
stand-off over the Koodankulam Nuclear Project issue, the
Central Expert Committee Chairman on Tuesday appealed to anti-KNPP
activists to communicate with panel members through "proper
channel".

"We are willing to continue with the talks and allay
their fears. As it is, we are a forum formed by the government
only for that. But, let them come through a proper channel,"
A E Muthunayagam told PTI when asked about protesters request
for possible dates and venue for holding talks.

Muthunayagam said it was the Atomic Energy Commission
officials who will decide who the central expert group should
talk to.

The anti-KNPP agitators had asked the central group to
hold discussions with their 28-member panel.

The protesters have also asked him to arrange a visit for
their panel to the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. "I can
only facilitate..They have to request AEC officials for that.

But, that (getting a permission) should not be a problem," he
said.

In an open letter to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
recently, the People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy,
spearheading the anti-KNPP stir, had alleged that the central
expert panel members had not talked to any section of the
Tamil public nor tried to allay the fears and concerns of the
people about the project. They had described the panel report
as "ill-baked and incomplete".

They also appealed to Jayalalithaa to take a stand and
adopt a cabinet resolution on scrapping it.

The commissioning of the plant, originally scheduled for
December this year, is on hold after the second round of talks
between the protesters and the experts committees formed by
the Centre and the state failed to end the logjam over the
issue.

The KNPP has run into trouble with locals demanding
scrapping of the project citing safety concerns in the wake of
the Fukushima disaster in Japan.



First Published: Friday, December 2, 2011 - 15:51

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