The Supreme Court on Monday sought a response from the Centre and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on the implementation of safety guidelines issued by it for Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.
A bench, headed by Justice K S Radhakrishnan, asked the authorities to file a report within three weeks on a petition alleging that all the safety and security measures were not put in place before commissioning of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
The apex court’s direction came on a plea of anti-nuclear activist G Sundarrajan, who had moved the court against the commissioning of the plant.
While giving a green signal to the nuclear power project in May last year, a bench of the Supreme Court had, issued a set of directions relating to environment protection, disaster management, safety of the people, and quality of systems and components in the plant and had said they be complied with before its commissioning.
It had directed the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) and Atomic Energy Regulatory Board to maintain a constant vigil and make periodical inspection of the plant at least once in three months and if any defect was noticed, the same should be rectified forthwith.
The apex court also said NPCIL should ensure that radioactive discharges do not cross the limits prescribed.