Chennai: Amid speculation that it would discuss
the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant project
stalled over protests by locals, Tamil Nadu cabinet met here on Monday.
Though it was widely speculated that the crucial issue
came up before the meeting chaired by Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa, there was no official word on it.
The meeting was learnt to have discussed department-wise
business ahead of the state budget.
Reports said the meeting, the first after the four-member
panel set up by the state government gave its report, would
discuss the Kudankulam issue in view of mounting pressure from
all quarters on the acute power situation in the state.
In its report, the panel is understood to have given a
clean chit to the Indo-Russian project on its safety aspects,
an issue which forced the protesters to go on agitation.
The state government is yet to take an official stand on
the commissioning of the plant. The Centre is hopeful of a
positive decision from the state government to enable early
commissioning of the first two units of the plant which would
generate 2,000 MW of power.