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Updated: September 18, 2012 11:26 IST

VS alleges secret moves for neutrino experiment

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V. S. Achuthanandan
V. S. Achuthanandan

Leader of the Opposition V.S. Achuthanandan has alleged that India and the United States are making secret moves to conduct neutrino experiments deep inside the mountainous terrain of Idukki and Theni districts on the Kerala-Tamil Nadu border.

Mr. Achuthanandan told a news conference in Thiruvananthapuram on Monday that the experiment was sought to be conducted in an underground laboratory being set up in close proximity to the Mullaperiyar Dam in Idukki district without taking the consent of the local population or the State government.

The moves for setting up the lab deep in the ground with walls and roof of at least 1,000-metre thickness were a follow-up on the India-U.S. agreements signed by the first Manmohan Singh government. Although the Tamil Nadu government’s clearance had been sought for the project, no such effort had been made in Kerala’s case, he alleged.

Mr. Achuthanandan, who was accompanied by anti-nuclear activist V.T. Padmanabhan, said his information was that the construction of the tunnel would begin soon. He asked the Central government to clarify its stand on the neutrino experiment.

the project may or may not create ecological damage. But the issue is that there is no consent taken from the government and no information to the local public.

from:  Renjith Mohan
Posted on: Sep 19, 2012 at 16:05 IST

As per this tunnel ,,,daily they supposed to explode 500 to 1000 kg gelatin ,,its not so simple and govt side there is no deep study on this ,already Idukki dams in trouble of “dam induced seismicity” and “soil piping “
Many of the Kerala based geologist already wrote papers on Idukki dam region,

from:  inbaa
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 17:42 IST

this should not be allowd as it is not necessary at the moment, it is not similar like mars project. this project is really the waste of money and to sell 8million ton granite for constructions works in kerala and tn in the name of experiment

from:  sojan
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 12:14 IST

Big deal! VS Achuthanandan is needlessly trying to scare the people over the Neutrino lab. Years back in 1980 - 81, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research in association with the Osaka City University, Japan, conducted Neutrino experiments in its underground lab in the Kolar Gold Fields mines in Karnataka. To this day the tunnels in the mines have not caved in because of the testing nor was there any ecological damage or earthquake.

from:  Murali Sampath
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 07:00 IST

Achutanandan should have atleast consulted some left leaning scientists to find out the facts before trying to confuse public about the project and its implications like damage to mullapperiyar and nuclear radiation effects ! The only effect would be on environment which has been already studied and cleared. Career politicians should not jump into conclusions due to their ignorance about scientific matters.

from:  Prince
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 06:23 IST

Around late last year, I wrote in one of the comments column about the proposed neutrino experiemental tunnels proposed in seismic prone zones near Bodinayakanur, in the Theni district of Tamil Nadu.
No local community consultation, no transparency in selecting the site and no public exhibition of the nature of the proposed development and its risks. The whole proposal sounded like the work of some 'evil' genious/ scienties in hollywood movies preparing his hideout function centre..I am sure this project will soon get prominence in conjunction with the Koodankulam Nuclear Disaster Plant, now that Kerala Opposition Leader has taken the matter in his hand.

from:  vadivel
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 06:16 IST

The elusive neutrino will keep us haunting in several ways. What happened to the proton-decay experiment that was so enthusiastically promoted by Prof MGK Menon? Don't we have our own science problems for doing our own true science? We have to ask our own questions, and we have to set ourselves to answer them.

from:  RY Deshpande
Posted on: Sep 18, 2012 at 05:37 IST
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