Live: Kudankulam nuclear plant is safe, Govt tells Supreme Court

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Sep 13, 2012 at 04:31pm IST

Kudankulam: 2.48 pm: The Supreme Court to hear on September 20 the plea against commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear power plant. The Center told the Supreme Court that loading of fuel is just a first step, production will begin two months after the fuel is loaded.

2.41 pm: No stay on loading of fuel into Kudankulam plant for now. The Supreme Court on Thursday heard arguments of both sides.

1:05 pm: The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board said that fuel loading in the reactors of the Kudankulam plant has not begun as yet. "We are waiting for final clearances, a major pre-fuel loading process is complete," the AERB said.

Speaking on Prashant Bhushan's contention that 17 safety guidelines haven't been met, the AERB said the 17 guidelines will be met within a set time frame.

12:30 pm: The Kudankulam protestors have formed human chains in the sea and the number of people joining the protest in the sea is growing.

12:20 pm: MoS PMO V Narainasamy said the anti-Kudankulam plant protests were foreign-funded. "The Kudankulam protestors are foreign-funded. The state government is co-operating with us on maintaining law and order," he said.

12:15 pm: Many more protestors joined hundreds of villagers in the 'Jal Satyagraha' against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

12 noon: Kudankulam activist Jayashraj said the villagers will protest in sea water every day and that they were ready to die for stooping the operations at the nuclear power plant.

The villagers protesting against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant have entered sea water and have started a 'Jal Satyagraha' demanding the loading of uranium fuel in the reactors be stopped. The loading of the fuel is set to begin on Thursday.

There was less police presence in the are where hundreds of villagers entered the sea. However, coastguards were carrying out an aerial surveillance in the area. The protestors also raised black flags and slogans in water.

Sources in People's Movement of Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the stir, said the agitators have put forward four demands - stoppage of the process of fuel-loading in KNPP, giving up of the plan to arrest anti-nuclear movement leaders, adequate compensation for those who suffered losses and release of those already taken into custody.

Meanwhile, lawyer Prashant Bhushan's plea for an immediate stay on the plant's operation is also set to come up for hearing in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

Earlier on Wednesday, fierce clashes took place between the police and protestors while villagers accused securitymen of looting and destroying their homes. Activist Arvind Kejriwal, too, was at the protest site.

Arvind Kejriwal claimed the police destroyed 40 boats of fishermen. "The police is ransacking the houses of the people living here. 40 boats of poor fishermen have been destroyed by the policemen. This is not maintaining law and order. I request the police to be more humane," Kejriwal said.

Demanding a public debate on the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, Kejriwal said, "Let all the papers be made public and there be a public debate on whether the plant is safe for the people. If it is proved that the plant is safe, then let the plant open and if it is unsafe, let it be shut. We demand the poor not be charged. Let the government be transparent."

Kejriwal also suggested protest leader SP Udayakumar not to surrender. "I met Udayakumar. I have suggested him not to surrender and we should offer him the best legal support. He is doing a very good job."

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