Chennai: Restarting the process of allaying the safety concerns of locals over the Koodankulam Nuclear Power plant, a four-member committee set up by Tamil Nadu government will visit the project site on Saturday and meet stakeholders.

The decision to interact with the plant officials as well as the protesters was taken at the first meeting of the committee held here on Friday, its Convener Prof S Iniyan informed.

"We will go to Koodankulam tomorrow and meet officials and protesters there. We will soon submit a report to the state government," he said.

The panel has been set up by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in a fresh initiative after the 15-member expert group, set up by the Centre to allay the fears of locals, failed to break the logjam with anti-Koodankulam protesters even after four rounds of talks.

The four-member panel, including former Atomic Energy Commission chief M R Srinivasan, met Jayalalithaa and Chief Secretary Debendranath Sarangi and discussed the issue, which has stalled the commissioning of the first reactor in the Indo-Russian project for over five months.

Asked whether they would meet the protesters who are against the project, Iniyan said, "We will inform the District Collector and he will arrange it. Probably, we will meet the protesters on Sunday."

Srinivasan, whose inclusion in the panel has been opposed by the protesters, who call him "pro-nuclear", said there was a dire need of electricity in the state.

"It is not right to state that everyone is opposing the project. There are concerns about the safety aspect, which will have to be allayed," he said.

(Agencies)