Achuthanandan firm on anti-nuke plant stance

CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan admitted that his views on the dangers of nuclear energy differed slightly from his party`s official line.

Thiruvananthapuram: Admitting that his views on the dangers of nuclear energy differed slightly from his party`s official line, CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan on Sunday said he firmly believed that no country had ever developed a foolproof method of nuclear waste disposal.

The questions and observations of the Supreme Court over the safety measures of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) reflected the people`s anxieties and concerns, he said at a seminar organised here by anti-nuke forum Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) here.

"The case of Kudankulam Nuclear plant is before the Supreme Court. Whatever be the final verdict, the apex court`s observations and repeated questions about the safety measures and disposal of nuclear waste reflected people`s anxieties and concerns," he said.

The octogenarian leader said though he had some differences with the party over KNPP issue, the CPI-M Central Committee itself later adopted a resolution stating that plant should be commissioned only after safety measures were implemented and sufficiently addressed people`s concerns.

The party also wanted the government to give up plans to turn Kudankulam into a nuclear park, he said.

Achuthanandan also hit out at the Tamil Nadu government for supporting the nuclear plant after deviating from its previous stand.

Former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral L Ramdas, political commentator Ninan Koshy and educationist RVG Menon were among those who spoke at the seminar.

The organisers said CNDP is a broad alliance of over 200 groups opposed to nuclear weapons and atomic power plants.


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