Chennai: A human rights body has termed as a lie the official claim that a three stage offsite emergency exercise was successfully conducted last month at a village near Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant and demanded the Centre and the state governments declare it null and void.
People`s Union for Civil Liberties National Secretary Suresh told reporters here that its eight-member fact finding team had gone to Nakkanery and interviewed people in that area and found that the exercise was not complete.
As such, the press release by Tirunelveli district Collector on June 9 on the successful conduct of the three stage exercise near KNPP was a lie, he said.
"AERB should desist from giving the license for loading the first reactor of KNPP with uranium fuel rods till our recommendations are met."
A district administration release had said that this exercise, one of the mandatory steps prescribed by Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) for commissioning of the first unit at the plant was conducted on June 9.
The exercise at Nakkanery village, some seven km from the plant site, was observed by the representatives from AERB, NPCIL and senior district officials, it said.