Chennai/ New Delhi: In a major jolt to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant, Russia has now decided to call back its scientists to the country. With the commissioning of Koodankulam nuke plant remaining stalled for months, Russian Ambassador in India Alexander M Kadakin said there was no point keeping their scientists at the site.

"Why should we keep them here, if they do nothing? We should take them away as they are needed elsewhere,” Russian Ambassador in India Alexander M Kadakin said at a function here. 

The envoy also claimed that the Indo-Russian project was the safest in the world and that the first two units of the plant were ready for commissioning. The commissioning of the plant in Tirunelveli district by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) came to a halt as locals represented by anti-nuclear activists under People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) protested against the plant citing safety concerns.

One of the NPCIL official said, “The steps taken by the government may felicitate in ending the ongoing deadlock.”

Significantly, Russia’s decision of removing its scientists from the plant has come at a time when Indian government is about to find a solution to the problem.

Earlier, the Central Expert Group set by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allay the fears of the locals failed to break the logjam between the protesters and the NPCIL, even after four rounds of talks.

(JPN/ Bureau)