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Fukushima effect:Kudankulam N-plant fails to get clearance

delhi Updated: Apr 28, 2011 01:01 IST
Chetan Chauhan
Chetan Chauhan
Hindustan Times
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In what could be termed as Fukushima impact, an environment ministry committee has refused to grant coastal clearance to four reactors, each of 1,000 MW, of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu off the coast of Bay of Bengal.

The first two reactors of the plant are in the final stages of the completion and are expected to be commissioned soon. The ministry has given environment clearance to the four reactors in 2009 and now the clearance was being sought under Coastal Zone Regulation rules of 1991.

At its last meeting, the ministry’s Environment Appraisal Committee (EAC) on coastal zone regulation refused to grant permission to construct four more reactors at the project site on the ground that the project proponents Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) has provided misleading information.

The EAC said the maps provided by the corporation of the project site and the data related to safety were old, mostly of 2004. The committee was of the view that in wake of devastating Fukushima nuclear tragedy in Japan there was a need to consider the safety aspects more minutely.

The committee had asked NPCIL clarifications on the points raised at the meeting especially regarding to new safety measures after Fukushima tragedy. The Prime Minister’s Office on Tuesday had said that six expert committees were examining safety aspects of all existing nuclear plants in India.

The plant, one of the biggest in India, is being constructed jointly by Indian and Russian governments and NPCIL claims it to be safe from earthquake and tsunami. “It has one of the most advanced safety technologies in the world has been used,” NPCIL told the committee.

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The plant, one of the biggest in India, is being constructed jointly by Indian and Russian governments and NPCIL

The ministry had given environment clearance to the four reactors in 2009

The first two reactors of the plant are in the final stages of the completion and are expected to be commissioned soon

The Environment Appraisal Committee on coastal zone regulation has now refused to grant permission to construct four more reactors at the site.

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