Medha Patkar raises pitch against proposed nuclear plant in AP
Srikakulam (AP): Activist Medha Patkar has opposed a nuclear power plant coming up at Kovvada village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.
"After the Fukushima incident, there is a large scale opposition to nuclear power but the Government of India is still pushing the project, apparently under the pressure of the US," alleged Patkar, convener of the National Alliance of People`s Movement.
She was addressing a meeting of local fishermen who are opposing the project, fearing displacement.
"The government`s move of ordering acquisition of about 2,000 acres of land for the nuclear plant is nothing but violation of human rights," she alleged.
Local leaders have alleged that around 9,000 local fishermen families will lose their livelihood if the project comes up.
Meanwhile, the district administration has proposed to hold discussions with villagers on 27th of every month to elicit their views.
The 6,000 MW nuclear power plant at Kovvada block in Srikakulam district envisages setting up of 6 light weight nuclear reactors, each of 1,000 MW capacity, by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited.
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