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Several organisations and political outfits in Kolar have strongly opposed the Centre’s decision to dump the spent fuel from the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu in the now-defunct Kolar Gold Mines in Karnataka. In a submission before the Supreme Court on Wednesday, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) had said that no danger would be caused by the spent fuel from Kudankulam nuclear reactor as those will be transported to the deep mines in Kolar.
Former legislator and Janata Dal (S) leader Bhaktavatsalam and Kolar Gold Fields City Corporation council President Dayanand on Thursday said that several organisations and the JD(S) have called for a protest tomorrow against this move. They have said the disposal of spent fuel as proposed by the NPCIL in the Kolar gold mines which have some of the deepest mines in the world, would badly affect the health of the people in the area.
The extraction of gold in these mines opened by the then British government over 150 years ago was stopped almost 20 years ago.
‘’When it is brought from Kudankulam which is 400 kms from here, it can prove hazardous to people living along the route,” said Bhaktavatsalam.