The Secret Move to Set up Radioactive Waste Repository Under the Western Ghats in Kerala-Tamil Nadu Border

Authors: VT Padmanabhan, Joseph Makkolil

The Union cabinet has given the final clearance for setting up the India-based Neutrino Observatory (INO) under the mountains in Idukki-Theni districts of the Western Ghats. This is one of the ten mega science project managed by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE). With a finished volume of 235,000 cubic meters, INO will be the biggest underground laboratory in the world. The proposed site (77°17′5.32′′E, 9°56′46.20′′N) is in the highly degraded portion of the Suruli Shear Zone and is surrounded by the catchment area of three perennial river systems (Periyar, Vaigai and Vaippar) and 12 dams within a radius of 50 km. DAE has refused to discuss the impact of blasting out 800,000 tons of rock using 1000 tons of gelatine on the aquifers and reservoirs in the area.i

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