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Can’t allow Kudankulam plant to remain idle: PM

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday assured Tamil Nadu about the safety of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. He also said that the protests over the nuclear plant were over done.

The Prime Minister further said that the government could not let the Kudankulam plant sit idle, pointing that the nation had sunk an amount of Rs 14,000 crore.

“We recognise the concerns of Tamil Nadu and their need for power. We will give Tamil Nadu its legitimate requirement of power,” said the Prime Minister.

Expressing confidence that ultimately good sense would prevail among those concerned over safety issues for operationalising the plant, he said the government had gone out of its way to assure as much as it could that each 1000 MW nuclear reactors that were the “safest available” in the world.

Singh had on Friday said that the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power project would be operational in a “couple of weeks” and that the second unit would be commissioned six months later.

The comments of the Prime Minister have, however, upset the villagers at Kudankulam. They are planning protests on Sunday against his announcement that the plant would start working within two weeks. Villagers are demanding the removal of uranium from the site.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has also hit back, shooting off a letter to the Prime Minister.

She wrote, “I was amazed to see in the media that at a joint press conference with the Russian President, you had announced that the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project will be ‘operationalised in a couple of weeks’… it is imperative that necessary measures to allay the fears of the people are undertaken before any precipitate action is embarked upon.”

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