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Updated: February 22, 2012 15:08 IST

Kudankulam issue: TN forms experts panel

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Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

It will submit its report to government at the earliest

In a fresh move to resolve the deadlock over the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNNP), Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced in the Assembly on Saturday that the State government will constitute a panel of experts immediately to go into the safety system of the proposed plant and “perceptions and apprehensions” of the local population.

The panel would submit its report to the government at the earliest, on the basis of which the State government would take steps, she informed the House during her 90-minute reply to the debate on the motion to thank the Governor for his address.

Recalling the developments on the issue since September, the Chief Minister said the 15-member experts' group, formed by the Union government, held its last meeting on January 31. Only one of the three representatives of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) had attended the meeting. After presenting a report, the group declared the completion of its work.

The Tirunelveli District Collector and Superintendent of Police were nominees of the State government in the group, which held its meetings on November 8 and 18 and December 15. The experts' group had given written answers to various questions raised by the PMANE and concluded, in its 77-page report, that the plant was safe.

Tracing the history of the project, she said that in 1988, India and the Soviet Union had entered into a memorandum of understanding to establish a nuclear power plant in Kudankulam of Tirunelveli district with two units of 1,000 megawatt.

In 2001, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India launched works and when 95 per cent of the works was over, the local population began their agitation in September out of fear over the safety arrangements of the plant.

She wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to put on hold the execution of the project till the people's concerns were addressed.

The State Cabinet had adopted a resolution in this regard. Referring to observations of some members of the Assembly that there was no mention of the Kudankulam project in the Governor's address, she explained that as the final meeting of the experts' group was scheduled on January 31, it would not have been appropriate to make a reference to the project.

Nuclear plants that generate power for about 30 years have to be protected for about thirty thousand years. The price of electricity will be enormous if that is also calculated. The nuclear power lobby and the government is not calculating that way. Even in peace times the meddling with radioactive material is causing danger. We do not play with fire because that immediately causes burns. But radio activity that kills us without our being able to perceive the damage done to our systems is propagated as safe. The whole of Australia does not have any nuclear plant and they have developed solar and wind power technology. We shall urge the government of India to have technological collaboration with Australia rather than Russia and America.

from:  Eugine Muthu
Posted on: Feb 8, 2012 at 19:52 IST

Nuclear power corporation of India has not prepared the emergency preparedness plans as required by the Environmental protection Act and its regulations which demand the pfreparation of a Nuclear plant burst scenario and the consequential spread of Radio active substances for hundreds of k.distance from the plant and the remedial actions proposed to be taken to evacuate the people to be rehabilitated in safer pl;aces within one to two days.If,Emergwency plans can be implemented the site will be treated a safe site for the plant as otherwise the plant should be closed and not licensed as is today happening in case of The Indiana Point nuclear plant near New York in USA where the legal battle against licensing is still going on.For more details, use the Google search Engine and search for the the Indiana Nuclear plant and Disaster preparesdness.From this case study,local people of Kudankulam and Tirunelveli can estimate whether they opt for poisoning their own progeny or save them.

from:  T.V.Rama Rao.
Posted on: Feb 7, 2012 at 11:58 IST

How harmless Uranium ore materials in nature are converted into destructive and killer materials by man can be understood by following simple example. For instance king cobras live in nature in anthills in forestsand lead their normal life peacefully by catching their prey for food during nights But greedy people go and poke their iron rods into their abodes and disturb Cobras when they become angry and bite the trespassers to inflict death over them by their poisons. Similarly, the selfish people are mining harmless Uranium and converting it into harmful Enriched Uranium and then using it to produce electricity by means of he Nuclear plants and in the process they are producing Radioactive pollutants that poison man and nature slowly due to routine releases of radioactivity into environment .During an accident radio0active poisonous pollutants are thrown into atmosphere and they enter human body and cause cancer and other disaeses.So experts cannot stop this man-made crime

from:  T.Shivaji Rao
Posted on: Feb 6, 2012 at 19:21 IST

TN Cheief minister should resolve the issue of this project and also demand the Central govt that all the power generated from this plant should be enjoyed by the TN people only with subsidized rate and then only this project is lucrative to TN people. Otherwise they should shift this project where they (central) wants to utilize the power generated from this project. HOPE TN CM will demand THE CENTRAL GOVERNMENT

from:  Veera arunagiri
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 11:56 IST

Stop nuclear power plants and their associated facilities forthwith. They are perfect mass murderers. And they do not give any energy to society outside of the nuclear industry.

from:  Ramaswami Kumar
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 11:49 IST

This is in reply to K Kumar comments. Good to have nuclear plants in each state. If there is burden of nuclear plant then all state have to endure it. Regarding the crores of rupee demanded for those with property around the plant, those who take this money will have to pay Rupees 100 for each unit of power if they consume. No one will force you to use electricity you can use candle light.Is it acceptable to you?

from:  Ayyappa
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 11:20 IST

10 Nuclear Power Plants have been Planned in Koodankulam. 1 plant has been completed. Another 1plant work has started. So totally these 2 plant only can be allowed in Koodankulam. The other planned Nuclear Power Plants and new Nuclear Power Plants can be shifted 2 each to Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Orissa, Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh etc. For example in states many available lakes or artificial lakes created slight diversion of Rivers are available in Uninhabited/Less Inhabitated Areas and many Inland Nuclear Power Plants; like USSR, USA, Europe, Rajasthan etc. Also 80 to 90 % Power should be given to these respective states where Nuclear power is generated, since they take the risk of Nuclear Problems. Also the People residing around say 20 to 30 Kms should be given Minimum Rs.1 Crore for rehabilitation (House, Employment etc) for Ordinary workers and Many amount more for those who have more properties.

from:  K Kumar
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 09:28 IST

I really wish and hope that wisdom prevails on Jaya to resolve the Kudankulam Power Plant issue. Its also proved now that vested foreign interests have played a major role in stopping the power plant to operate. The other political party leaders in Tamil Nadu like Vaiko and Vijaykant are equally ignorant about the nuclear power plant set up in Tamil Nadu.

from:  Syed Kabeer Ahmed
Posted on: Feb 5, 2012 at 07:29 IST
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