TN panel submits report on Kudankulam

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 17:37

Chennai: The four-member committee set up by
Tamil Nadu Government on the safety aspects of Kudankulam
nuclear power plant on Tuesday submitted its report to Chief
Minister J Jayalalithaa amid indication that it has given a
clean chit to the controversial project stalled by protests.

Committee Convenor Prof S Iniyan handed over the report to
Jayalalithaa but declined to divulge details, saying the
government would take follow up action.

"As I said earlier", Iniyan said when asked about the
committee`s findings on safety aspects.

After visiting the site and talking to the anti-KNPP
protesters recently, Iniyan had said the plant was equipped
to deal with any situation such as earthquakes and tsunami
strikes and its third generation reactors would shut down
automatically in case of any problem.

The team, which also includes former atomic energy
commission chairman MR Srinivasan, had reviewed the safety
measures during its inspection of the plant on February 18
and met members of the anti-KNPP struggle committee led by SP
Udayakumar the next day.

"Let the government take a cool view on the report",
Srinivasan said.

He had earlier said the state-of-the-art safety features
incorporated in the KNPP reactors had made it a third
Generation Plus` reactor.

The committee, set up by Jayalalithaa to break the impasse
caused by the over five month long protests, was given two
tasks -- reviewing safety features and allaying concerns of
the local people.

The commissioning of the first reactor of the Indo-Russian
joint venture, originally scheduled for December last, has
been delayed following the continuing protests by the locals
who have raised safety concerns.

Talks initiated both by the Central and state governments
with the agitators had failed to break the deadlock.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 16:16

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