According to Indian media the Madras High Court today (31st) gave the green signal for the commissioning of the units one and two of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) in Tirunelveli district. The nuclear power station has been under construction in Kudankulam in the Tirunelveli district of the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.This nuclear power plant is to be commissioned at Kudankulam in the tip of India which is an area less than 280 kilometers away from Sri Lanka.
There have been protests against the construction of this nuclear power plant by the locals and various organizations complaining that the nuclear plant is unsafe and the safety analysis report and the site evaluation study have not been made public. Thousands of protesters, belonging to the vicinity of the plant, have used various means to protest against the plant fearing a Fukushima like disaster.
The bench comprising Justices P. Jyothimani and M. Duraiswamy gave its nod for the commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear plant. The Judges also asked the regulatory authorities to periodically oversee the compliance and maintenance of standards of pollution and the Tirunelveli District Collector to take appropriate steps for conducting offshore drill periodically in all villages.
The bench also stated there was no reason to disbelieve the report of the expert committee appointed by the state government which had stated that historically there had never been a big earthquake or tsunami in Kudankulam area and enormous safety measures had been taken by the government.
Meanwhile, experts have expressed their dismay as Sri Lanka has not attempted to find out how safe such power plants are to Sri Lanka or cleared many of the doubts and allegations put forward by South Indians who claim the whole plant has several serious safety issues. Despite Power and Energy minister Patali Champika Ranawaka threatening earlier that Sri Lanka would refer the matter regarding the nuclear power plant to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September, last year expressing fears that, in case of a Fukushima-like disaster Kudankulam nuclear plant would be a threat to Sri Lanka, He had completely forgotten about this threat. Later, R L Wijayawardana, chairman of the Atomic Energy Authority (AEA) of Sri Lank had stated Sri Lanka was not opposed to India building the nuclear power plant.