SC warns of stopping Kudankulam plant

Last Updated: Thu, Sep 27, 2012 14:08 hrs

The Supreme Court on Thursday warned the Centre that it might halt the work at Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu if it is not satisfied with the mandatory safety measures in the plant.

"We won´t hesitate to stop Kudankulam nuclear power plant if mandatory safety measures have not been taken care of," the SC told the Centre.

The apex court made the observations on Thursday while hearing an appeal against the order given by the Madras High Court to allow fuel loading at the plant.

According to reports, the petitioners had argued that 13 safety measures which were part of the standard protocol as laid down by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) were not met.

The Centre, however, said in an affidavit filed in the court that the plant is ´fully equipped´ to withstand such ´unlikely event´ that took place in Japan´s Fukushima after an earthquake.

The court will resume hearing the matter on Oct 4.

The villagers and fishermen led by People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) are protesting the plant fearing that it might cause a nuclear catastrophe like Fukushima.

The protest against India´s largest nuclear power project at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu reached a flash point this month as the police and protesters clashed near the plant since Sept 10 while one person died in police firing in a neighbouring district.

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