Lanka need not worry about Kudankulam: Banerjee

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Kudankulam Nuclear Plant
New Delhi, Apr 11: Seeking to allay Sri Lankan fears on the Kudankulam nuclear plant in case of an accident, India today said there was no need to worry as it has high safety standards and a legal mechanism to take care of trans-boundary liability issues.

"Sri Lanka has no reason to worry. The safety features of Kudankulam are of high standards, which have been cleared and verified by several independent groups," Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Srikumar Banerjee said here.

He pointed out that Parliament has passed a law that takes care of trans-boundary issues in case of nuclear accidents. Earlier, Sri Lankan Energy Minister Champika Ranawaka had said that his country felt threatened by the Kudankulam nuclear power plant in case of a Fukushima like disaster. He had said Sri Lanka would raise the matter the next meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency in September.

Parliament has passed the Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage Bill in 2010, Banerjee said. India has also signed the Convention on Supplementary Compensation (CSC) that also has elements to take care of trans-boundary issues, he said. India is yet to ratify the CSC.

PTI

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