Flash point: Kudankulam

Updated: Sep 12, 2012 18:09 IST

First conceived in 1988, Russian-built Kudankulam was supposed to have gone into operation last year, but protesters surrounded the compound after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing radiation leaks and forcing mass evacuations. The protesters fear a similar accident could happen in southern India, a region that was hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In this picture, a woman cries during a protest against Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, near the project site. An activist on September 11 moved the Supreme Court challenging the Madras HC decision refusing to restrict the Union government from commissioning the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)
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First conceived in 1988, Russian-built Kudankulam was supposed to have gone into operation last year, but protesters surrounded the compound after an earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, causing radiation leaks and forcing mass evacuations. The protesters fear a similar accident could happen in southern India, a region that was hard hit by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. In this picture, a woman cries during a protest against Kudankulam Atomic Power Project, near the project site. An activist on September 11 moved the Supreme Court challenging the Madras HC decision refusing to restrict the Union government from commissioning the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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