Kudankulam: India court allows operations at nuclear plant via BBC News

India’s Supreme Court has ruled that the controversial Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu state can start operations.

The judges said the plant was “safe and secure” and “necessary for the welfare and economic growth of India”.

Last year, villagers and fishermen from around the plant protested against the plant’s fuelling.

Opponents of the plant say that it is located in an area which was badly affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami.

They say they fear a disaster similar to the one at Japan’s Fukushima plant in 2011.

The government is keen on pushing ahead with the joint Indo-Russian project, which is seen as critical to India’s energy needs.

It says that the plant is “completely safe” and could be operational two months after the loading of the fuel.

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