Expert panel submits report on Kudankulam

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Old 29-Feb-2012
Expert panel submits report on Kudankulam

Chennai: The Tamil Nadu government-formed four-member expert committee on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), which had earlier ruled the two Russian reactors safe, submitted its report to the state government on Tuesday.

Queried about the committee's report and recommendations, Atomic Energy Commission's former chairman and panel member M.R. Srinivasan said: "The committee has been formed by the state government. The committee submitted the report to the government. It is now the property of the government and I am not at liberty to tell the contents of the report."

He said it is for the state government to take a decision on the report.

Asked whether the committee still sticks to the views it earlier expressed about the safety measures of the two Russian reactors at Kudankulam, he said: "We are not retracting what we had said about the plant safety earlier."

The committee members, after visiting the KNPP, had earlier certified that the reactors are safe and modern.

The panel appointed by the state government also includes two professors from the Anna University, D. Arivu Oli and S. Iniyan, and retired Indian Administrative Service officer L.N. Vijayaraghavan.

Srinivasan declined to comment whether the committee had suggested any more safety measures for nuclear power plant, and said: "The answer to that question would go into the realm of the report. I am not at liberty to answer that question."

Committee convener Iniyan said: "We have suggested some measures to be taken by the government for allaying the fears of the villagers in and around Kudankulam."

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