Chennai: The fourth round of meeting between
the Central experts committee and Tamil Nadu Government panel
set up to break the impasse over the Koodankulam nuclear power
plant has been planned to be held on January 31.
"The next meeting between the state panel which also
comprises representatives of the protestors and the 15-member
central expert committee has been planned on January 31 in
Tirunelveli Collectorate," NPCIL sources said today.
The previous three rounds of talks between the panels held
on November 7, 18 and December 15 last year failed to make any
headway towards commissioning of the first unit at the KNPP
located in Tirunelveli district as local people protesting
against the project were not satisfied with the replies given
by the expert group to their queries.
Meanwhile, NPCIL Director (Technical) Shiv Abhilash today
said commissioning of first unit at KNPP would take at least
three to four months after the impasse was cleared.
"The whole process (of commissioning) will take three to
four months after loading the fuel. But, when we will load the
fuel is the question," Abhilash told reporters here.
Describing the logjam as "an obvious a set back" he said,
"By now, we should have supplied power to the country. Our
estimate this year was that we should have supplied 6,000
million units from Koodankulam reactors. So, equivalent amount
of revenue is not coming back."
On units 3 and 4, he said, "As far as NPCIL is concerned,
it has finished its evaluation. The proposal is with the
government right now in various stages of approval. The moment
we get the approval, we will start (work)."
When asked about the recent transfer of around 12 NPCIL
officials from KNPP, he said, they were shifted since they
were "idle" and other plants required the manpower.
He said 100 contract employees were working now at the
Koodankulam plant and it would need more staff during the