The Supreme Court has asked the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) and the Nuclear Power Commission of India limited (NPCIL) to file affidavits stating the steps taken so far regarding implementation of the 17 safety measures in the Kundankulaum nuclear energy generation plant which is expected to start operation by this year end.
The court also said it would direct the government to comply with the convention on nuclear safety, a treaty signed by India too, which mandates an independent safety regulator for nuclear plants and power generation units.
Earlier, Prashant Bhushan, counsel for the Center for Public Interest Litigation and an individual Sundarrajan, said that a decision in this case would have a huge impact on the functioning of the regulatory agencies and the nuclear establishments.
He said there are several nuclear power plants are in the pipeline and the government is engaged in setting them up at a fast speed.
Bhushan contended that AERB and NPCIL should not be allowed to play with the lives of the people by promoting plants that also gradually ruin public health, fisheries wealth, agriculture and the national economy.