At the 26th Southern Zonal Council (SZC) meet, chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at Vijayawada today, she drew the Centre's attention to the Kudankulam nuclear plant and that of neighbouring States to the need for coordinated work to counter Maoists.
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant started commercial operations on December 31 last and has been shut down for maintenance from June 24 this year.
"The Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd is yet to clearly indicate when the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Unit-I will recommence production," she said in her speech, read out by Tamil Nadu Finance Minister O Panneerselvam.

"We therefore request that the NPCIL may be instructed to recommence production in Kudankulam Unit-I early to meet the Tamil Nadu grid demand," she said.
Tamil Nadu was allotted 563 MW out of the 1000 MW produced by Unit-I of Kudankulam plant. The State has been informed that "Kudankulam Unit-II is undergoing final stages of commissioning activities," she said adding, "we request the Centre to expedite commercial operation in Unit-II, so that another 563 MW of power can be added to the Tamil Nadu grid at the earliest."
Referring to movement of Maoist cadres in Tamil Nadu-Kerala-Karnataka "tri-junction" (along the Western Ghats falling in three States including Nilgiris District in Tamil Nadu), she said Tamil Nadu has been taking "proactive steps to curb the menace."


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