An environmental group filed a petition in the Madras High Court on Monday, seeking a review on the clearance for first approach to criticality of Unit-I of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project by AERB. The petition, to be heard on Tuesday, termed the AERB nod illegal as it did not comply with the 15 earlier directions of the apex court.
“The court had mentioned about the plant not being made operational unless the project was cleared by the AERB, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, environment ministry and department of atomic energy. The AERB report filed before the court has not yet been taken up for hearing. There was no awareness programme and neither did they withdraw the case against protestors,” said G Sundararajan of Friends of the Earth. Activists said no safety measures had been taken at Kudankulam. The 100-Mw Kudankulam plant achieved criticality on Saturday. AERB Chairman S S Bajaj said, “Every stage of work is being reviewed. After Fukushima, we had reviewed the safety aspects of all nuclear facilities in the country. All, including Kudankulam, are safe. We have asked for some additional upgradation of safety measures as well.”