Clean chit to Kudankulam N-plant over safety aspect

The four-member committee set up by TN Govt virtually gave a clean chit to the Kudankulam Nuclear Plant.

Updated: Mar 19, 2012, 00:21 AM IST

Tirunelveli: The four-member committee
set up by Tamil Nadu Government on Sunday virtually gave a clean
chit to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), saying it
was well-equipped to withstand natural calamities, be it
earthquake or tsunami.

Emerging from the two-hour long talks with members of
People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), committee
Convenor S Iniyan told reporters that they inspected the KNPP
yesterday for more than three hours and reviewed the safety
measures put in place to deal with any contingency.

"From our inspection we have gathered that KNPP can
withstand tsunami strikes as the plant is 20 feet above the
sea level. The reactors, which are of third generation, would
automatically shut down in case of any problem," he said.

KNPP also has a passive heat removal system and high-power
diesel generators to meet any situation, said the Convenor,
adding these safety measures had been certified by authorities
concerned.

Iniyan said talks with the PMANE group, spearheading the
protest against the KNPP, was "cordial", but the committee
rejected their demands to hold discussions with PMANE`s expert
group and to meet people of the coastal villages surrounding
Kudankulam.

Stating that these were not in their mandate, Iniyan said
the committee, set up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa, was
given two tasks -- reviewing safety features in the plant and
allaying the concerns of the people.

"We undertook an inspection of the plant yesterday and
understood the concerns of the local people through our talks
with their representatives today. We will go back to Chennai
and study the documents provided by the plant officials and
submit our report," he said.

PTI