Chennai: Apparently concerned about the growing opposition to the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP), Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, Monday, urged Prime Minister not to go ahead with the project till an `amicable solution`
In her letter to the PM, she has accused the Centre of ‘abdicating responsibility’ and demanded that the work on the project be haled till consensus is reached.
Jayalalithaa’s appeal came even as the fast observed by over 120 anti-Koodankulam nuclear project protesters entered the ninth day today.
The protesters had earlier rejected the Chief Minister’s view that the project had adequate safety parameters. The 2X1000 MW power plant is being built by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) with Russian help.
Udhayakumar of Anti-KNPP and organiser of `people`s protection council,` an NGO, said Russia itself was not building any nuclear plant after 1986. "So, how can we say that Russian technology is safe"?
Villagers, mainly fishermen around Koodankulam, around 650 km from here, are protesting against the power plant fearing possible radiation and impact on their livelihood.
Tamil Nadu government had on September 15 initiated talks with the protesters sending three ministers to persuade them to call off their fast but it had remained inconclusive.
The local population and fishermen in the coastal village of Koodankulam have been agitating against the project and intensified the protests in recent weeks after the KNPP officials said the hot run (testing with dummy fuel) of the first reactor has reached the final stage and commercial power production would begin in December.