Sixty of India’s leading scientists from premier institutions like the Indian Institute of Science, Indian Institutes of Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research have written to chief ministers of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, expressing safety concerns over the controversial Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant which had received the permission of India’s Supreme Court.
The scientists have sought a safety review of the plant by an independent panel of experts.
India’s Supreme 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 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 and were later replaced.
Scientists call for a fresh independent and thorough quality inspection of the components used in the two reactors.