Govt being deceptive about Kudankulam, says ex-AERB chief

Even as the standoff between the government and protestors continue over whether the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant should be made operational, has the Union government been deceptive in the amount of risks the villagers adjoining the nuclear plant are facing.

"The Government and the nuclear bosses are being highly deceptive," Dr A Gopalkrishnan told CNN-IBN.

Gopalkrishnan pointed out that the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board's recommendations were not taken into consideration before the Kudankulam plant was made operational.

 Govt being deceptive about Kudankulam, says ex-AERB chief


"Atomic Energy Regulatory Board(AERB) after the Fukushima accident formed a committee to look at the safety of the Kudankulam plant and they came up with 17 modifications and additions to be made to this reactor before it started generating power. One would normally assume that when the AERB has said that, the Department of Atomic Energy would carry out the modifications before they start the plant. But it has not happened," he said.

"Here is one part of the department of atomic energy sector giving the technical reason why 17 modifications will have to be made, and the same organization turns around and allows this reactor to operate," he added.

Brushing aside the allegations that the anti-nuclear protests in Kudankulam are funded by foreign bodies, Gopalkrishnan said that even the Indo-US nuclear deal had seen the involvement of foreign bodies.

"I have studied the Indo-US nuclear deal and its formation very closely. At that time I had personally observed that there has been a great deal of money being peddled from both India and United States to buy influence in various quarters. The foreign hand and foreign money as long as it is helping the PM and his group Atomic Energy sector it is not talked about," he said.

The Kudankulam nuclear plant was set to be loaded with nuclear fuel after it was cleared by the Madras High court which dismissed petitions challenging it. However, the protestors have increased their protests following the high court order and prohibitory orders were imposed following recent protests.

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Updated Date: Sep 12, 2012 12:06:26 IST