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Kudankulam protestors resume 'Jal Satyagraha'

Sep 14, 2012 12:14 PM IST India India

Kudankulam: It's day 7 of protests in Kudankulum. The villagers were back into the sea for the second consecutive day on Friday forming a human chain to protest against the nuke plant. About 40 to 50 people resumed the 'Jal Satyagraha' and more are expected to join later in the day.

Earlier on Thursday, the protestors received a setback from the Supreme Court as it refused to stay the loading of fuel into the reactors.

The villagers formed human chains to protest in the sea on Thursday demanding that the project be stopped. Even as the government told the Supreme Court during a hearing on a petition against loading of fuel that the plant was safe, the court observed that the safety of those living in its vicinity is of prime concern.

While the government maintained the loading was yet to begin and the plant will be operational only at least two months after the procedure, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board confirmed that all safety guidelines are yet to be met at the plant. The board said that fuel loading in the reactors of the plant has not begun as yet. "We are waiting for final clearances, a major pre-fuel loading process is complete," the AERB said.

The court will hear the matter on next September 20. Earlier, the court heard arguments from petitioner Prashant Bhushan and the Centre.