Kudankulam: TN Cong MPs seek PM`s intervention

Congress MPs from the state asked PM Manmohan Singh to take steps to operationalise the agitation-hit Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant to meet increasing demands.

Last Updated: Dec 13, 2011, 16:44 PM IST

New Delhi: Citing "acute" power shortage in
Tamil Nadu, Congress MPs from the state on Tuesday asked Prime
Minister Manmohan Singh to take steps to operationalise the
agitation-hit Kudankulam Nuclear Power plant at the earliest
so as to meet increasing demands.

A delegation of seven MPs also apprised him of the events
in Tamil Nadu over the Mullaperiyar Dam issue and said the
Centre should intervene and resolve the matter between the
state and Kerala amicably.

On the Kudankulam issue, the MPs told Singh that several
places in Tamil Nadu were facing power cuts as long as five
hours a day and the nuclear plants over which there have been
lots of protests should be operationalised at the earliest.

"We told them that power shortage can be met with if the
new plant is operationalised at the earliest. The Prime
Minister told us that the plant once launched will provide
maximum share to the state," Virudhunagar MP Manick Tagore
said.

During the meeting inside Parliament House, the MPs told
the Prime Minister that "people want the plant to be
operationalised."

"He shared our views and said short-term problems of the
state with regard to electricity can be met with after the
Kudankulam plant gets operationalised," Tagore said.

Locals have been protesting against the Kudankulam Power
Plant and even the Tamil Nadu Government had demanded
suspension of work at the project till people`s fears are
allayed.

On the dam issue, Tagore said Singh shared his views and
asked both states to remain calm and patient till the issue is
resolved.

"The Prime Minister told us that he was worried after
several incidents on the border between the two states. He
said everyone has to remain calm. He said we have to wait for
the court verdict too," the MP said.

PTI