The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant,Tamil Nadu, built with Russian collaboration, would have been a smash hit commercially, had it been private enterprise, considering the amount of controversy and publicity generated associated with it.
There were and are protests galore in Tamil Nadu against it being commissioned because of its safety Standards.
The agitators led by Udayakumar mobilized people to siege the plant by sea and land.
His office was raided by the authorities, foreign funds link was found, action by the Government was promised, then nothing.
In between APJ Abdul Kalam, hte Former President, accompanied by Scientists, visited the plant and declared it to be safe.
Central Minister Narayna Swamy has been , like a true Meteorologist,t has been threatening the plant will be commissioned ‘within fifteen days’, for the past one year!
Now sixty scientists have petitioned the PM , expressing concern over the safety of the Plant.
Their apprehension is well taken as news has surfaced on the sale of substandard materials for Nuclear Plants.
The ZiO-Podolsk machine building plant’s procurement director, Sergei Shutov, has been arrested for buying low quality raw materials on the cheap and pocketing the difference as the result of an investigation by the Federal Security Service, or FSB, the successor organization to the KGB.
It is not clear how many reactors have been impacted by the alleged crime, but reactors built by Russia in India, Bulgaria, Iran, China as well as several reactor construction and repair projects in Russia itself may have been affected by cheap equipment, given the time frame of works completed at the stations and the scope of the investigation as it has been revealed by authorities.”
The Scientists allege that there has been no third-party verification of the safety standards at the Plant.
How this has been overlooked so far by the Governments(or is it deliberate?) and the Courts?
The same applies to Scientists.
Why haven’t they raised the issue earlier?
Are they shouting now, because, if some thing were to happen in future,considering the Russian scandal, they want to assure others and themselves.i told you so?’
Third Party verification was overlooked right from the beginning.
It is imperative for the Courts and the Government to conduct a Third party Audit on the safety of KNPP, before commissioning it.
I have been a vociferous supporter for the plant, now , in the light of the present disclosure, I am not sure .
Read my contradictory view on this.
Sixty of the country’s leading scientists have written to chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, expressing safety concerns over the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant which received the Supreme Court’s nod earlier this month. The scientists, most of who aren’t specialists in nuclear energy, have sought a safety review of the plant by an “independent panel” of experts. ..
The top court had declared that all expert bodies were of the unanimous opinion that adequate safety measures had been taken at the plant situated in Tamil Nadu.
But the scientists, in their three-page petition, have expressed doubts “particularly with reference to possible sub-standard components” that were supplied to the plant. Recently, four faulty valves were detected in the first reactor unit of the plant; they were later replaced. Some Russian officials had also been arrested recently over alleged corruption in sourcing sub-standard materials from some Russian nuclear plants…
The scientists, though, made it explicitly clear that they were not “advocating for or against nuclear energy”. While some of the petitioners, they said, consider nuclear energy a “legitimate” option, other signatories believe it is “too risky”.
The petitioners include scientists from premier institutions like the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).