Centre furnishes copies of pacts on Koodankulam project

Published: 21st June 2012 08:53 PM  |   Last Updated: 21st June 2012 08:53 PM   |  A+A-


In line with the Madras High Court direction, Centre today furnished copies of agreements pertaining to the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu between India and erstwhile Soviet Union in 1988 and a supplemental one with Russia a decade later in 1998.

The second one with Russia contained certain variations in the financial terms.

On June 18, a division bench comprising justices P Jothimani and M Doraiswamy, had directed the Centre to furnish it with copies of agreements on the KKNPP. The bench was hearing a batch of PILs seeking to stall the project going critical at least till necessary safety measures were put in place and all clearances for the project, including that from the state pollution control board (PCB), were obtained.

The copies of the agreements were handed over to the court in sealed envelopes by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) M Ravindran.

Ravindran claimed that consent/clearance as required under the law had been obtained for the project and conditions imposed by the PCB and Environment and Forests Ministry met.

All short term requirements had also been complied with while certain long term conditions, which were continuous in nature, would have to be taken care of in a phased manner after completion of the project, the ASG submitted.

The bench had also directed the PCB to file a counter affidavit in response to apprehensions of the people about the precautions taken to counter any impact on fishing activities in the event of a tsunami or Fukushima-like situation.

Meanwhile, Tirunelveli SP in a counter affidavit said all possible security measures and preventive measures had been taken to ensure that the situation in the vicinity of the KKNPP remained peaceful.

The counter, in response to a plea seeking action against protesters, allegedly disturbing ongoing work at the project, submitted "essential maintenance work is going on in the nuclear plant and workers are going in and coming out for this purpose".

Admitting that there was some unrest and a stir in the area by residents of surrounding villages, the counter said "despite the protests, by making proper police deployment all efforts have been taken to ensure there is no breach of peace or violence".

Police said two cases had been registered at Kudankulam police station against the protesters and are under investigation.

The counter sought dismissal of the petition seeking a direction to police concerned to take action against those protesting against the KKNPP.


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