Life eases for families inside Kudankulam complex

Life for the hundreds of families inside the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) complex turned bit easy as they got milk for children and fresh essential provisions on Sunday morning.

Updated: Oct 16, 2011, 15:42 PM IST

Chennai: Life for the hundreds of families inside the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) complex turned bit easy as they got milk for children and fresh essential provisions on Sunday morning.

In Idinthakarai village near Kudankulam, 106 protesters continued their fast for the eighth day in succession, demanding scrapping of the atomic power project.

"With the help of police, essential items were sent to families in the complex and to workers inside," a senior official of Nuclear Power Corp of India Ltd (NPCIL) said.

"Provisions for the canteen and change of clothes for our employees were also sent."

However, no fresh staff has been able to enter the complex as the villagers continue to block all entry points for the fourth straight day, he added.

"We are under house arrest, without drinking water and even milk for children. Our stock of provisions is running out and we do not have vegetables," a housewife living inside the KNPP site in Tirunelvelli district, around 650 km from here, said on Saturday.

Around 1,000 people, including children, ranging from babies to school-going kids and the elderly, are confined to their homes at the Kudankulam plant site since Thursday.

Families of hundreds of contract workers and employees of contractors Larsen & Toubro Ltd have resided in the KNPP campus for the past several years.

There are around 50 school-going children inside but are unable to attend their classes now.

According to NPCIL officials, contract workers from states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal are leaving Kudankulam village after facing social boycott.

Meanwhile, NPCIL is planning to unleash a campaign detailing the safety features of the Russian made reactors through leaflets, books and animation films.

"Our plan now is to reach out to the people and explain the safety features of the reactors," a NPCIL official not wanting to be quoted said over telephone from Kudankulam.

He said the Kudankulam reactors had several additional passive safety features not present in other reactors worldwide.

IANS