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Supreme Court moved against HC order on green signal to Kudankulam Nulcear Power Plant

An IT company's employee has moved the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court order giving the green signal to the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu.

IANS   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 22, 2012  | 11:56 IST

A private company's employee has moved the Supreme Court against a Madras High Court order giving the green signal to the commissioning of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) in Tamil Nadu.

It is not yet known when the petition would come up before the apex court.

Petitioner G. Sundarrajan, working with an IT company, claimed that the high court paved the way for starting the plant without ensuring whether the critical safety features were in place.

He challenged the August 31 verdict of the high court and sought an ex-parte interim order restraining the government from going ahead with the initial fuel loading of Unit I and 2 of KNPP in Tirunelveli district.

Besides the central government, the petitioner made the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board, Nuclear Power Corporation of India, the power plant director and the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board as respondents.

The petitioner said the recommendations of the government's own expert task force on the critical safety features had not been implemented so far.

"The recommendations are extremely critical to the safety of the plant and it could not be allowed to run even for a day without adequate safety and backup features in place," the petition said.

The task forces' recommendations, among several others, concerning alternative fresh water storage system and emergency pumping equipment, were yet to be implemented even, the petition said.

It also said the government had absolved the Russian supplier of the nuclear reactor from any liability in case of an accident, adding that the government had also brutally cracked down on the local community's peaceful protest against the plant and slapped sedition cases on them.

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