`Expert group report on Kudankulam satisfactory`

The Central expert group`s report on Kudankulam nuclear power plant was satisfactory, a senior member of the Tamil Nadu government panel said.

Last Updated: Mar 08, 2012, 22:44 PM IST

Chennai: The Central expert group`s report on
the Kudankulam nuclear power plant issue has answered all
questions raised by protestors and was satisfactory, a senior
member of the Tamil Nadu government panel, appointed to look
into concerns of the locals, said on Sunday.

"We have reviewed all concerns raised by the protestors in
our report. We also analysed the central expert group
committee`s report, which has answered all 44 questions raised
by the protestors. We found the report satisfactory," former
Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) chairman M R Srinivasan, one of
the members of the state panel said.

However, he declined to divulge more details on the
report submitted by his panel recently to Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa.
The 15-member expert group, set up by the Centre, had
stated categorically on January 31 that it had "conclusively
addressed" all safety related issues to allay fears in the
minds of locals around the plant in coastal Kudankulam.

"In conclusion, the EG (Expert Group) would like to state
that based on its extensive examination of various issues,
there should be no cause for concern about the safety of
KKNPP," convenor A E Muthunayagam had said.

Giving thumbs up to the project, the EG report had said
"it meets all current safety requirements and is safe for
operation" and slammed the anti-nuclear protesters for
`creating fear` in the minds of the public and linking it to
the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan last year.
The central expert groups findings come as a boost to the
project at a time when Tamil Nadu is reeling under a severe
power shortage.

The project, slated to be commissioned in December 2011,
has been plagued by delay due to the protests over safety
concerns of the Indo-Russian joint venture.

PTI