Project to be commissioned after AERB final clearance

Welcoming the Supreme Court verdict on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, site director of the upcoming nuclear park R.S. Sundar said the judgment unequivocally endorsed the promises made to the people on the safety measures incorporated in the nuclear reactors.

Speaking to The Hindu over phone from Kudankulam, Mr. Sundar, who returned to the KKNPP site from Mumbai on Monday after attending a series of meetings with the top brass of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), said renowned scientists like M.R. Srinivasan and A.E. Muthunayagam, had reviewed the safety measures of KKNPP and were thoroughly convinced with the arrangements made at the plant.

Their observations after inspections reflected the commitment of the NPCIL, the project proponent, in guaranteeing the safety of workers and the public by incorporating additional and state-of-the-art features at the reactors.

Above all, the Supreme Court clearly understood the best-in-class safety measures the NPCIL had incorporated.

Mr. Sundar said no substandard component was used in the reactor as the quality of every part was tested and reviewed at several stages since fabrication in Russia for installation at project site. He appealed to the locals to join hands with the KKNPP managers in developing the villages around the project site by creating world-class infrastructure and develop them in terms of education, healthcare and road connectivity.