Chennai: The Centre today welcomed
constitution of an expert committee by Tamil Nadu Government
to look into the safety aspects of the Koodankulam Nuclear
Power Plant and allay the fears of locals which would help its
"It is a welcome step. We hope that the committee will
submit an early report," Minister of State in the PMO V
Narayanasamy told reporters at the airport here.
The state government yesterday constituted a four-member
expert committee, headed by former Chairman of Atomic Energy
Commission M R Srinivasan, to go into the safety aspects and
address the fears of the locals who have been demanding
scrapping of the project.
The more than five month long agitation, spearheaded by
People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, has brought the work
at the plant to a halt, delaying the commissioning of the
first unit to May this year.
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa took the latest initiative to
break the impasse after a 15-member expert panel set up by the
Centre could not convince the protesters to give up their