Chennai: Days after her government`s green
signal to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Thursday said the plant is expected to commence production in two months.
"The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project is expected to
commence production in two months", she said in the state
assembly, elaborating on steps to increase energy availability
to the power crisis hit state.
The government had recently given its go ahead to the
Indo-Russian project at Kudankulam, where work was stalled for several months, following protest by anti-nuclear activists over safety concerns. Work on the first two units, each capable of producing 1000 MW, is almost complete.
The Jayalalithaa government had given the green signal
after maintaining silence for several months on commissioning
of KNPP, paving the way for immediate resumption of work.
Both the central and state expert panels had certified the
plant as safe.
People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading
the stir against the project, withdrew its nine-day indefinite
fast yesterday, but is continuing the agitation.
Responding to members` observation that the budget did
not contain any power projects, she said the AIADMK government
had added 2,518 MW during its previous tenure in 2001-2006 as
against 206 MW during the last DMK regime.