Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) got a shot in its arm when the Supreme Court declared that the corporation, while setting up the power plant at Kudankulam, had satisfied environmental principles such as sustainable development, corporate social responsibility, inter- and intragenerational equity and so on to further the implementation of the policy to develop, control and use atomic energy for the welfare of citizens and for the economic growth of the country.

This should rest the fear that establishing a nuclear power plant at Kudankulam will make inroads into the right to livelihood guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. If anything, establishing such a plant will only protect the right to life under this article by achieving larger public interest. The court has said this very clearly. Read More