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IAEA team inspects Kudankulam plant, protesters announce fast

  • A two-member team from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) carried out a detailed inspection at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project(KNPP) even as the anti-plant protesters announced a 72-hour fast to protest a clean chit by a state government panel. 
  • Noting that the inspection and the accounting of nuclear materials will be detailed and meticulous, Jain said it normally takes two days to complete such an inspection. 
  • To a query on to the choice of inspection time when KNPP is facing opposition from the villagers and protests are on, Jain said: "The IAEA has the right to inspect at any time they want." 
  • The first unit of KNPP is under safeguards as per the agreement between Indian government and IAEA. 
  • India's nuclear power plant operator, NPCIL, is building two 1,000 MW atomic power reactors with Russian collaboration at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli, around 650 km from Chennai. 
  • However villagers in Kudankulam, Idinthakarai and nearby areas, fearing their safety in case of any accident, protested against the project. 
  • Their agitation, led by the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), has put a stop to the project work, delaying the commissioning of the first unit slated last December. 
  • The Tamil Nadu government set up a four-member expert committee to look into the project's safety aspects and the fears of the local people about the project.
  • The panel members certified that the KNPP is safe and has sufficient safety measures. The clean chit upset the PMANE, who announced their fast.


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