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The Madras High Court today directed the Centre to furnish details of the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, which has now run into rough weather following a prolonged stir by the locals who feared that their safety and livelihood would be at stake, if it becomes operational.

When a petition demanding scrapping of the project came up for hearing, the First Bench comprising Chief Justice M Y Eqbal and Justice T S Sivagnanam asked Additional Solicitor General M Raveendran to ‘get instructions’ from the Centre and all the details about the project.

The Court granted three weeks’ time to the Centre to submit the details and adjourned the case for further hearing.

The petition, seeking to shelve the project, was filed by Environmental Activist, working for the people of Koodankulam Kalpakkam, Sundararajan, who is an Engineering Graduate from Annamalai University.

The first unit of the 1000 MW Indo-Russia project was all set for commissioning in December this year with the completion of the hot run, when the stir by the locals hit the national headlines.


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VT Padmanabhan
4 years 11 months ago
A nuclear reactor is quite complicated than any other machine. The main thing is the amount of fuel inside the reactor. Fuel for four years is loaded in the beginning. That means the core will have enough uranium that will generate 1000 MW of electricity for 28,000 hours. Equivalent to some 16 million tons of coal. In normal times, the reactor will burn (or fission) 48 milligrams of uranium. Under abnormal circumstances, it can burn hundreds of grams in a few seconds. This will lead to increase of the core temperature to 3000 C – ten times the normal temperatures.… Read more »