SC moved against Kudankulam plant (Lead)

September 11th, 2012 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Sep 11 (IANS) A private company’s employee Tuesday moved the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court order giving the green signal to the commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu.

It is not yet known when the petition would come up before the apex court.

Petitioner G. Sundarrajan, working with an IT company, claimed that the high court paved the way for starting the plant without ensuring that critical safety features were in place.

He challenged the Aug 31 verdict of the high court and sought an ex-parte interim order restraining the government from going ahead with the initial fuel loading of Unit I and 2 of the Kundankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) in Tirunelveli district.

Besides the central government, the petitioner made the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, the power plant director and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board as respondents.

The petitioner said that the recommendations of the government’s own expert task force on the critical safety features had not been implemented so far.

“The recommendations are extremely critical to the safety of the plant and it could not be allowed to run even for a day without adequate safety and backup features in place,” the petition said.

The task forces’ recommendations, amongst several others, concerning alternative fresh water storage system and emergency pumping equipment, were yet to be implemented even, the petition said.

The petition said the Government had also absolved the Russian supplier of the nuclear reactor from any liability in case of an accident.

The government had also brutally cracked down on the local community’s peaceful protest against the plant and slapped sedition cases on them.

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