Chennai: Over 300 anti-nuclear activists today
staged a protest here against the Koodamkulam atomic power
plant in Koodankulam even as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
told a state delegation that he would depute a panel to
address the safety concerns of local population.
The protestors, under the banner of People`s Coalition
Against Nuclear Power Plants, also demanded that the Madras
Atomic Power Station in Kalpakkam near here be gradually
"We want the Koodankulam project to be scrapped and the
Kalpakkam plant to be gradually phased out. When the whole
world is going for solar driven energy, why are we going
behind nuclear which is not safe?" asked Convenor of the
coalition S D Rajendran, who led the protest.
He wanted the government to make public how Kalpakkam
nuclear plant was handling it effluents.
"There are people including children who suffer from
cancer in areas around Kalpakkam and the fish catch in the
sea near the plant is dwindling," Rajendran alleged.
The protest was held on a day when a delegation of Tamil
Nadu Government and activists protesting against the
Koodankulam plant met the Prime Minister in New Delhi.
Singh told the delegation that a high level panel would
address the nuclear safety concerns of the locals.