Fully satisfied with Kudankulam nuclear plant safety aspects: Kalam

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Chennai:  Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, who visited the upcoming nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's Kudankulam today, has said he is fully satisfied with the safety aspects of the plant.

"Kudankulam plant has 3G safety aspects, I am fully satisfied," Mr Kalam said.

The former President visited the nuclear power plant as protests against it have spread to neighbouring districts over safety concerns.

Mr Kalam's visit to the project comes two days after Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Chairman S K Jain had met Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi and discussed ways to allay the fears of villagers.

The Centre has already set up a 15-member expert committee to clear "misconceptions" about the project.

"This Expert Group will explain the factual position on various aspects of the project and will also dispel apprehensions of some sections of the local people," the government said earlier.

Villagers at Kudankulam in Tamil Nadu have launched a series of protests, including an indefinite relay hunger strike, in their demand to close down the upcoming nuclear power plant. Protestors have expressed concerns over displacement and loss of livelihood in that area. A third of the plant's 6000-strong contract workers have already left the town out of fear.

The first of the two reactors at the plant was originally scheduled to start functioning alter this month. The nuclear plant is being built for nearly Rs. 13,000 crore and is expected to help solve Tamil Nadu's considerable power problems.

(With PTI Inputs)

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