Kudankulam N-plant stir: PM cautions Jaya

As protestors stepped up Kudankulam agitation, PM cautioned TN CM that the state`s development plans would be hit in absence of power from it.

New Delhi: As protestors stepped up anti-
Kudankulam nuclear power plant agitation, Prime Minister
Manmohan Singh has cautioned Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
Jayalalithaa that the state`s development plans would be hit
in absence of power from it.

The Prime Minister also said that he looked forward to
Jayalalithaa`s continuing support for the Kudankulam project
in Tamil Nadu.

In a letter to the Chief Minister, Singh apprised her of
his meeting with an all-party delegation from the state last
week during which demands for stoppage of work on the 2000
MWe Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project, being built in
collaboration with Russia, were made.
"Apart from the safety and livelihood aspects, where the
Government and the people are on the same side, I also took
the opportunity to mention that Tamil Nadu is one of the most
industrialised states of the country whose power requirements
are growing constantly," he said.
"Of the 2000 MWe power to be generated by Kudankulam
Nuclear Power Project Units 1 and 2, the allocation of power
to Tamil Nadu is 925 MWe. In case the prospects of
availability of this power are suddenly withdrawn this would
impact on the state`s development and industrialisation
plans," Singh said in the letter.

The Prime Minister`s letter comes in the backdrop of
protestors` plans of intensifying the agitation by launching
an indefinite fast to press their demand for scrapping the
Indo-Russian project.

Singh said that his Government will not compromise on
safety in the pursuit of the nuclear energy programme, be it
is in terms of technology, regulation, skilled manpower or
emergency preparedness.


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