Centre hopes for breakthrough on Kudankulam logjam

The Centre hoped for a breakthrough in the 99-day anti-Kudankulam nuclear project agitation, saying the atmosphere in the coastal Tamil Nadu town was "changing slowly".

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2011, 20:35 PM IST

New Delhi: The Centre on Wednesday hoped for a
breakthrough in the 99-day anti-Kudankulam nuclear project
agitation, saying the atmosphere in the coastal Tamil Nadu
town was "changing slowly".

"A pro-nuclear agitation has started in Kudankulam... the
atmosphere is changing slowly," Minister of State in the PMO V
Narayanasamy said at the 11th Sustainable Energy Summit
organised by the India Energy Forum here.

He said he was in regular touch with the Tamil Nadu
government, which was cooperating with the Centre on the
issue.

"Both the governments (Centre and Tamil Nadu) will find a
way out and within a short time we will resolve the issue...
very shortly a breakthrough will be there," he told reporters.

Narayanasamy briefed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the
situation in Kudankulam last evening as well as on Wednesday.

Singh had send Narayanasamy as his emissary to the Tamil
Nadu government after protests broke out in mid-August against
the two 1000 MWe nuclear power plants being built by Nuclear
Power Corporation of India Limited with Russian collaboration.

He had meetings with Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa and
the protesters in and around Kudankulam who had expressed
concern over safety aspects of the nuclear power project,
livelihood issues and environment matters.

The Centre and the state government had set up two
different panels to address concerns over safety and
environment impact of the Rs 13,000 crore project raised by
the protesters.

PTI