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News Brief | October 2011

Tamil Nadu asks Centre to stop work at Kudankulam

The Tamil Nadu government has requested the Centre to stop work on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) till the fears of the people in the region are addressed.The cabinet meeting was convened following a representation from organisations which expressed concerns regarding the safety of the nuclear power project coming up in Tirunelveli district.The project, in collaboration with Russia, envisages building of two 1,000 MW VVER type reactors by Nuclear Power Corporation of India in Kudankulam.

The protests have intensified in the last few weeks after the KNPP officials said the hot run (testing with dummy fuel) of the first reactor, has reached the final stage and commercial power production will begin in December.

Meanwhile, amid growing public resistance to nuclear power projects, India has sought new test reports from the French nuclear authority on safety issues raised in the aftermath of the Fukushima disaster in Japan, before finalising orders for reactors from France’s atomic energy giant Areva.
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