Panel on KNPP Willing to Resume Talks With Protesters
Keen on resuming talks to end the stand-off over the Koodankulam Nuclear Project issue, the Central Expert Committee Chairman today appealed to anti-KNPP activists to communicate with panel members through "proper channel".

"We are willing to continue with the talks and allay their fears. As it is, we are a forum formed by the government only for that. But, let them come through a proper channel," A E Muthunayagam told PTI when asked about protesters request for possible dates and venue for holding talks.

Muthunayagam said it was the Atomic Energy Commission officials who will decide who the central expert group should talk to.

The anti-KNPP agitators had asked the central group to hold discussions with their 28-member panel.

The protesters have also asked him to arrange a visit for their panel to the Koodankulam nuclear power plant. "I can only facilitate..They have to request AEC officials for that. But, that (getting a permission) should not be a problem," he said.

In an open letter to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa recently, the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, spearheading the anti-KNPP stir, had alleged that the central expert panel members had not talked to any section of the Tamil public nor tried to allay the fears and concerns of the people about the project. They had described the panel report as "ill-baked and incomplete".

They also appealed to Jayalalithaa to take a stand and adopt a cabinet resolution on scrapping it.

The commissioning of the plant, originally scheduled for December this year, is on hold after the second round of talks between the protesters and the experts committees formed by the Centre and the state failed to end the logjam over the issue.

The KNPP has run into trouble with locals demanding scrapping of the project citing safety concerns in the wake of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.
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