Anti-KNPP activists seeks Jaya`s intervention to scrap project

Anti-nuclear activists appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take a stand and adopt a cabinet resolution on scrapping it.

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2011, 21:28 PM IST

Chennai: Hardening their stand on the
controversial Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, anti-nuclear
activists today appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to
take a stand and adopt a cabinet resolution on scrapping it.

"We want the Chief Minister to intervene and take a stand.We
want her to do something to scrap this project from
Koodankulam," M Pushparayan, one of the leaders spearheading
the stir said.

"We will wait for a week for the Chief Minister to take a
stand and will continue with the fourth phase of agitation
from December 4," he said even as the protest against the
Indo-Russian joint venture in Tirunelveli district entered the
103rd day today.

Another leader Udayakumar in an email claimed work on the
KNPP had never been halted as demanded by a state cabinet
resolution.

An open letter to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa signed by
five leaders of the People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy
including Udayakumar said Centre`s expert panel has come up
with an "ill-baked and incomplete eyewash report" .

The central expert panel members had not talked to any
section of the Tamil public nor has it tried to allay the
fears and concerns of the people, they alleged.

The letter also alleged that "instead of giving all the
detailed and truthful information to our queries, the Central
Government belittles our request by saying that some foreign
forces are behind all our efforts."

The 38-page report of the Expert Group has "ignored our
question on liability, and has given no specific or scientific
information on nuclear waste, and vague information on the
fresh water needs of the KKNPP," it said.

Minister of State in the PMO, V Narayanasamy, had yesterday
questioned the motives of the anti-KNPP agitators, asserting
that the documents they had demanded were not on safety
aspects of the Plant. He had also said top nuclear scientists
will talk to the Tamil Nadu government officials next week to
decide on the next course of action to end the stalemate on
the KNPP issue.

Meanwhile, the committee, set up by anti-KNPP agitators to
highlight issues about the KNPP, said it will submit its
report to the centre and state government in three to four
days.

"We have members in our committee who have done extensive
research and found that the report given by the central
(expert) committee does not even have their facts right,"
Dr V Suresh, National Secretary of People`s Union for Civil
Liberties and a member of the panel set up by the People`s
Movement Against Nuclear Energy told reporters here.

The commissioning of the Plant, originally scheduled for
December this year, is on hold after the second round of talks
between the protesters and the experts committees formed by
the Centre and the state failed to end the logjam over the
issue.

The KNPP has run into trouble with locals demanding
scrapping of the project citing safety concerns in the
wake of the Fukushima disaster.

PTI