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‘No monitoring panel needed for TN N-plant’

 The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a petition seeking to set up a monitoring committee for implementation of safety measures directed by the court at Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu. "We find it unnecessary to appoint any committee at this stage since the status report and the affidavits indicate that the respondents are taking necessary steps so as to give effect to various directions, even though some of the directions are yet to be fulfilled, which naturally will take some more time," said a bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Vikramjit Sen.


"At the moment, we find no reason to give any further direction," the bench said. The court had last year directed Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, Department of Atomic Energy, ministry of environment and forests, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Tamil Nadu government for compliance of a series of safety measures in the wake of apprehensions expressed in the aftermath of Fukushima nuclear disaster caused by tsunami. The court found that most of the major safety issues had been adequately addressed by the various authorities and there was no reason to issue any directions on the petition filed by G Sundarrajan.


The Centre also said that under the 'neighbourhood development programme', Rs 200 crore was earmarked for various employment generation projects in areas close to the nuclear plant. It said solar water pumps and solar street lights were installed in villages under the programme. On the intense agitation against the project and consequent FIRs, the district administration informed the court that 349 cases were registered of which 248 were withdrawn. However, the district administration refused to withdraw 101 cases - six cases of laying siege through sea, 55 cases of violence against government officials and 40 cases of violence against private individuals. The court disposed of the petition saying, "The question whether the rest of the cases be proceeded with or not is for the trial court to decide on which we express no opinion."


 Times of India, Delhi, Friday 9th May 2014