Karunanidhi slams Lanka for saying Koodankulam may be possible radiation hazard to it

DMK chief said project was not something new; 'India would do what was required'.

Written by Agencies | Chennai | Published: April 10, 2012 11:50 am

DMK President M Karunanidhi today slammed Sri Lanka for raking up the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project issue,saying India “would do what was required”.

The Koodankulam project was not something new and had been started many years ago and work on it is currently in progress,he said,adding it cannot be “accepted if they rake up the issue now”.

“Indian government will do what is required,” he told reporters at his residence before leaving for the Assembly to sign the MLA’s register.

His remarks came a day after Colombo voiced concern over the possible impact of radiation from India’s nuclear power plants in the southern region,as it prepares to raise the issue with global atomic watchdog IAEA.

“We respect the right of India to have nuclear power stations. But our concerns are on the possible radiation affects they could have on Sri Lanka. We have already written a letter,” Sri Lanka’s power and energy minister Champika Ranawaka had said.

Koodankulam nuclear plant in India’s Southern coast is just 250 km from Sri Lanka’s northwest coastal town of Mannar.

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