The Supreme Court cleared hurdles in commissioning of the controversial Kudankulam nuclear plant, saying that the safety and security requirements have been taken care of and the project would benefit larger public interest.
The apex court said the apprehensions about public safety and environmental concerns have been allayed in view of the unanimous expert opinion. A bench of justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said the Kudankulam plant is safe and secure and it is necessary for the economic growth of the country. However, the bench clarified that commissioning of the plant would fructify only after requisite clearance from the authorities concerned.
It also laid down 15 guidelines on commissioning, safety and security, and environmental issues concerning the plant. The project is for welfare and the concept of larger public interest must weigh over minor public inconveniences, it said.