Panel visits Koodankulam nuclear plant
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Last Updated: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 21:07
Tirunelveli (TN): Tamil Nadu government- appointed four-member committee on Saturday visited the Koodankulam nuclear power plant and held talks with the plant and district authorities to break the impasse caused by the protests by locals against the Indo-Russian project.

The committee, which includes former Atomic Energy Commission Chief MR Srinivasan, would meet tomorrow the representatives of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), spearheading the over five-month long protest demanding scrapping of the project on safety concerns.

After talks with District Collector R Selvaraj and other top officials here, the team members visited the plant site for an interaction with the plant officials.

Speaking to reporters here, Convenor of the committee S Iniyan said they would meet the protesters tomorrow afternoon but made it clear they were not on a public hearing mission.

"We will act speedily and submit our report at the earliest," he said when asked whether any time-frame had been set for the panel to complete its task.

The committee had been set up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a fresh initiative to break the logjam over commissioning of the first of the two reactors at KNPP.

Earlier, a 15-member expert group, set up by the Centre to allay the fears of locals, failed to convince the protesters even after four rounds of talks.


First Published: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 21:07

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