A order has been reserved by the Supreme Court on a plea seeking a stay on commissioning of the Kudankulam nuclear plant till all safety measures are put in place.
Following a marathon arguments spanning the last three months, a bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra reserved its order on the plea that questioned the safety and security of people, the environmental impact and other issues linked to the controversial plant.
The court was hearing a bunch of petition filed by anti-nuclear activists challenging the project on the ground that safety measures recommended for the plant by an expert body has not been put in place. They also raised various questions pertaining to the disposal of nuclear waste and the plant’s impact on environment.
The Centre, Tamil Nadu government and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd, which operates the plant, had refuted all the allegations on safety and security aspects.
They submitted that the plant is completely safe and can withstand any kind of natural disaster and external terrorist attack.
The bench on the first date of hearing on September 13 had refused to stay the loading of fuel for the plant but had agreed to examine the risk associated with the project, saying the safety of people in its vicinity is its key concern.
According to the apex court “Public safety is of prime importance. There are poor people living in the vicinity of the plant and they should know their lives would be protected”