Halt work at Kudankulam: Anti-nuke protestors

Social activist Swami Agnivesh on Wednesday said government has to decide on scrapping the project and protecting people.

Zeenews Bureau

Chennai: Anti-Kudankulam nuclear plant agitators have demanded immediate halt to work at the plant, saying the earthquake that hit Indonesia was "nature`s warning against the commissioning of KKNPP."

In a statement, People`s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said, “We think that earthquake and tsunami are nature’s warning against commissioning the KKNPP. We demand immediate halt to the work at Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project in the wake of the massive earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, significant tremors all over Tamil Nadu and the potential danger of tsunami along the coast of Tamil Nadu."

PMANE is spearheading the stir against KKNPP.

Meanwhile, raising his pitch against the nuclear power plant, social activist Swami Agnivesh on Wednesday said government has to decide on scrapping the project and protecting people.

He claimed that the Archbiship of Thiruvanathapuram Susai Packiam, would visit Kudankulam next week, to extend support to the People`s Movement against Nuclear energy spearheading the stir against KNPP at Idinthakarai near here.

He also claimed that CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan had also voiced his support to the struggle.

Taking into account the sentiments, "Let the governments (central and state) decide finally and scrap the KNPP and protect people," Agnivesh added.

Putting all fears to rest, a top official said yesterday that work at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant was not affected in the wake of massive earthquake in Indonesia triggering fears of tsunami though the plant is "generally on alert.”

"We received the alert from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services in Hyderabad and we are generally on alert. But our work is continuing," M Kasinath Balaji, Site Director, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, told a news agency.

With PTI inputs

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