On Board PM's Special Aircraft: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said the Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant, whose commissioning has been stalled due to protests, cannot be allowed to remain "idle" when the nation has sunk an amount of Rs 14,000 crore on the project.

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Singh said there is a growing view which he also shared that the agitation against the Russian-aided project has been "overdone".

Expressing confidence that ultimately good sense would prevail among those concerned over safety issues for operationalising the plant, he said government has gone out of its way to assure as much as it can that the 1000 MW nuclear reactors each that have been put in place in Tirunelveli district are the "safest available" in the world.

Singh had on Friday said that the first unit of the Kudankulam nuclear power project will be operationalised in a "couple of weeks" and that the second unit will be commissioned six months later.

"It is my sincere hope that Tamil Nadu which is short of power supply will recognise that there is a plant of 2000 MW set up at cost to the nation of Rs 14,000 crore, we cannot simply let it idle," he said.

Singh said that if the first two units of Kudankulam generate 2000 MW power, nearly 1000 MW would be availed by Tamil Nadu and the rest would be available to other states in the South.

The Prime Minister made the remarks when asked about his hopes of operationalising the plant when the ground realities are different.

Singh said: "There are difficulties, there are some people who are worried about the safety of nuclear reactors and we have gone out of our way to assure as much as we can that the nuclear reactors that are being put up at Kudankulam are the safest available in the world."

"I am confident that ultimately good sense will prevail, politics is sometime I think too murky. In the final analysis, I am confident that sense prevails and will prevail in this case," Singh said.

Noting that a group of 15 experts has been appointed to interact with representatives of the Tamil Nadu Government and locals, the Prime Minister said more and more people, including the legislature and himself, are increasingly of the view that this agitation is overdone.

Efforts on to pass Lokpal: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the government is working "day and night" to give shape to the Lokpal Bill and will make all the effort to pass the Bill in the ongoing Winter Session of the Parliament.

On his way back from Moscow, Singh told reporters that he was hopeful that the anti-corruption legislation will be brought to the Union Cabinet by tomorrow for its approval.

As Anna Hazare upped the ante on the Lokpal issue, Singh said his government will make all the effort to pass the Bill in the ongoing Winter Session and that there should be no doubt about government's sincerity in this regard.

The Prime Minister, at the same time, said one cannot speculate what would happen to the Lokpal once it is in the Parliament.

"We will make all the effort to pass the Bill in this session. We are working day and night to give shape to the Bill and it is my hope that by tomorrow we should be able to bring the Bill to the Cabinet," he said.

Singh said this when he was asked whether the government will be able to pass the Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of the Parliament which is due to end on December 22.

Singh said after a Cabinet decision the government will be ready to take the Bill to the Parliament.

"But once it is in Parliament, it is in the hands of the Parliament, we don't know what could happen, but there should be no doubt about our sincerity to get the Bill passed in this session," he added.

Hazare has threatened to launch a fast on December 27 if the Lokpal Bill is not passed in Winter Session of the Parliament.

(Agencies)