New Delhi: The reports relating to safety, site evaluation and environmental impact assessment of controversial Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant should be made public, the Central Information Commission has held.   

The Commission also directed the Nuclear Power Corporation of India to publish safety analysis reports, site evaluation reports and environmental impact assessment reports prepared by the Department, before setting up any nuclear plant, within 30 days of receiving them as part of mandatory disclosure clause of the RTI Act.

The transparency panel, however, allowed the Corporation to severe portions which could be exempted from disclosure under the provisions of the RTI Act but only after recording reasons and exemption clauses and publish the reports after severing the parts claimed to be exempt.

"There should be a declaration on the website about the parts that have been severed, and the reasons for claiming exemptions as per the provisions of the RTI Act," Information Commissioner Shailesh Gandhi has said.

Hearing the plea of activist S P Udayakumar, who sought the copies of Safety Analysis Report, Site Evaluation Report and Environment Impact Assessment report, for reactor I and II of the plant, Gandhi said the disclosure of the reports would provide a comprehensive perspective to the citizens about holistic understanding of the KKNP Project including environment, health and safety concerns.

"It would enable citizens to voice their opinions with the information made available in the said report. Such opinions will be based on the credible information provided by an agency appointed by the government.
This would facilitate an informed discussion between citizens based on a report prepared with their/public money," he said. More