Centre hopeful of opening Kudankulam power plant ‘very soon’
Chennai: With pressure mounting on the Tamil Nadu government to ease the acute power situation, the Centre on Saturday hoped that it would “very soon” commission the Kudankulam nuclear power project as the state government was “very very positive” to the opening of the plant.
“My hunch is that Tamil Nadu government will take a decision as early as possible” on the project, work which has come to a standstill for many months following protests from locals, spearheaded by People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), minister of state in the PMO V Narayanasamy told reporters.
The state government was very positive and was cooperating with the Centre as the law and order issue was a state subject, he said, adding Central and state government officials were regularly interacting.
He denied any “double-game” by the Tamil Nadu government and said it was aware that it was in need of power and assured to provide 1000 mw of the energy from Kudankulam plant though its original share was 925 mw.
Narayanasamy’s remarks assume significance in the backdrop of the state government appointed panel which went into the safety aspects last month also virtually giving a clean chit to the project.
Earlier the Centre’s 15-member expert panel set up to allay the fears of the locals had vouched for the safety of the Indo-Russian project, where the work on the first two units to product 2000 MW of power has almost completed.