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SC go- ahead to Kudankulam power plant.

THE Supreme Court on Monday cleared the decks for making the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu operational.

Observing that nuclear plants are required for sustained economic development of the country, a bench presided over by Justice K. S. Radhakrishnan ruled that apprehension expressed by a few people cannot be the ground for scrapping the project, which is needed in public interest.

It upheld the government's stand that a delicate balance has to be struck between the ecological impact and development.

" Apprehension, however legitimate it may be, cannot override the justification of the project," the bench said.

" Inconvenience of some should be bypassed for a larger interest or cause of the society," it added.

The bench, however, said the power plant should be made operational only after all relevant authorities clear its commissioning.

Steps should also be taken to ensure that radioactive discharges to the environmental aquatic atmosphere and terrestrial route do not cross the prescribed limits, it ruled.

The court also said that steps should be initiated to withdraw criminal cases against the agitators so that peace and normalcy is restored in the area.

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Publication:Mail Today (New Delhi, India)
Date:May 7, 2013
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