"We will start production at the plant within 15-20 days as we have completed the trial run. The power production will slowly start. The second unit will start by March or April as around 95 percent of the work is over," said Narayanswamy.
He also said that the NGOs and groups involved in the agitation against the plant were funded by foreign agencies and the Home Ministry has suspended the companies involved in it.
"I do not know if they spent the money or not but I openly said that I got the bank accounts and where the money came. Even now, certain groups have been trying to scuttle our nuclear energy programme. The Home Ministry has suspended the banking operations of about six companies and an enquiry has been started against them," he said.
The People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) on July 15 organized a black flag protest in villages near the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), alleging that the plant has been made operational to avoid further scrutiny.
Many protesters and social activists had raised the question of damage caused to the plant in case of a tsunami and the subsequent radiation leakage and devastation that follows.
Kudankulam plant is the country's biggest nuclear power project and is designed to help meet the rising demand for electricity in Asia's third-largest economy where power blackouts are frequent.
This project was delayed because of repeated protests and agitations by the locals over safety issues. The Supreme Court gave a green signal to this project in May. Tamil Nadu is expected to receive 400 MW from the plant during the initial production to tackle the problem of power deficit in the state.
--ANI (Posted on 06-09-2013)