Chennai: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has reiterated her demand for the entire power generated by the first unit of two 1,000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) for the state.

In a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the chief minister cited the imminent loading of the fuel in the first reactor."May I take this opportunity to remind you of my earlier request and expect a quick response? I am sure you will appreciate my state's justified demand in this matter and convey a positive response soon."Reminding Manmohan Singh of her earlier requests, Jayalalithaa expressed her dismay that the correspondence had evoked no response from him.

India's atomic power plant operator Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) is building two reactors with Russian equipments at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli district, around 650 km from Chennai.Work at the project had come to a standstill in August last year after villagers, fearing a nuclear accident, mounted a mass protest under People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy banner.

With the resumption of work in March this year, the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) gave its nod to NPCIL to load the fuel Aug 10.


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