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Kerala urged to move against Kudankulam n-plant

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Updated: October 20, 2011, 11:06 PM IST
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Kerala urged to move against Kudankulam n-plant
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/CHENNAI: The Steering Committee of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), based in Idinthakara..

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM/CHENNAI: The Steering Committee of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy
(PMANE), based in Idinthakarai in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli district, has
requested the Kerala government to move a resolution against the
Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP).
In a memorandum
submitted to Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and other ministers,
the steering committee has requested the state assembly to ask the
central government to abandon the KNPP, coming up 70 aerial kilometres
from Thiruvanathapuram.
Committee convenor C. Subramanian led a
six member delegation and met Chandy, leader of opposition V.S.
Achuthanandan and other state ministers here Thursday.
"The chief
minister has said that he will speak with his cabinet colleagues on
this issue, while Achuthanandan has given us some hope that he even
might pay a visit to the project area. We will stage a sit-in in the
capital city here next Tuesday," Subramanian told IANS.
"We also
appraised the Kerala leaders that any nuclear accident in the Kudankulam
power plant would affect Kerala state as well," M. Pushparayan,
convenor of Coastal People's Federation, told IANS.
The Nuclear
Power Corporaition of India Ltd (NPCIL) is building two 1,000 MW nuclear
power reactors with Russian technology and equipment in Kudankulam,
around 650 km from Chennai.
The first unit is expected to go on stream in December. The project cost is estimated around Rs.13,000 crore.
The
memorandum argues that the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal
has stopped the Russian nuclear power park project at Haripur in Purba
Medhinipur district and taken a position that they do not want any
nuclear power project in their state.
It also points out that the
people of Kerala have not allowed the hosting of any nuclear power
project. The chief minister of Andhra Pradesh has also expressed
reservations on the proposed 1,300 MW nuclear power plants in Srikakulam
district.
The Tamil Nadu cabinet has also passed a resolution asking the central government to put the KNPP on hold.
"We
have been opposing KNPP ever since it was conceived in the mid-1980s.
The KNPP reactors are being set up without sharing the Environmental
Impact Assessment (EIA), Site Evaluation Study and Safety Analysis
Report with the people, or the people's representatives or the press,"
the memorandum says.
"No public hearing has been conducted for
the first two reactors either. The KNPP project has been imposed on an
uninformed and unwilling population throwing all the democratic precepts
and values of our country to the wind," the memorandum adds.
Another
issue on which they have briefed the Kerala authorities is that the
coolant water and low-grade waste from the KNPP are going to be dumped
into the sea, which will have a disastrous impact on fish production.
This will affect the food security of the entire populations of Tamil
Nadu and Kerala.
Queried about the expert committee announced by
the government, PMANE convenor S.P. Udayakumar told IANS: "The Tamil
Nadu government has passed a resolution to halt the ongoing project
work. The Prime Minister had agreed that the committee will have members
nominated by central and state governments and also our
representatives. But that assurance has not been honoured."
He said many of the documents demanded by them about the KNPP have not been given till date.
"We want to consult the Tamil Nadu government first on the matter," he said.

First Published: October 20, 2011, 11:06 PM IST
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