The Supreme Court on Thursday made it clear that it can stop commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant if it finds that the mandatory safety requirements for it have not been put in place.
Police charge activists of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) during a protest near Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu. PTI Photo
A bench of justices KS Radhakrishanan and Deepak Misra said the safety of plant and the people living in its vicinity is its prime concern and issued notices to the Centre and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board on a plea challenging the environmental clearance given to the controversial project.
"We will not hesitate to stop the plant if we find that the mandatory safety requirements have not been taken care of at the site," said the bench while posting the case for further hearing on October 4.
The court earlier had refused to stay loading of the fuel in the plant but had agreed to examine the risk associated with the project.
MDMK General Secretary Vaiko half buried in sand addressing PMANE activists during the protest demonstration against KKNPP, in Idinthakarai. Agencies
The court was hearing an appeal by social activist G Sundarrajan against the Madras High Court's decision refusing to impose any restraint against the plant.
It said till now only six safety measures have been adopted and the government will take two years to implement the rest of the recommendations.