Next phase of anti-KNPP stir on Jan 2: Agitators

Anti-Koodankulam activists said they would commence their next phase of protest if the Centre did not address safety concerns of the locals.

Nagercoil (TN): Anti-Koodankulam activists on Thursday said they would commence their next phase of protest if the Centre did not address safety concerns of the locals besides other demands.
If the Centre did not satisfy the anti-KNPP agitators`
demands, the People`s Movement of Nuclear Energy, spearheading
the stir, would decide the mode of next phase of agitation on
January 2," S P Udayakumar, PMANE convenor, said.

He said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s comments in
Russia (that the first unit in the KNPP would be
operationalised in a couple of weeks) had created anxiety.

At the same time, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa had
requested that the fears of the local population over safety
concerns be allayed before taking `any precipitate` action, he
told reporters after a one-day conference at Kovalam,
organised by PMANE demanding scrapping of the plant.
MDMK leader Nanjil Sambath said if any attempt was made
to arrest anti-KNPP agitators, then they would resort to road
roko in coastal areas between Thuthoor in Kanyakumari to
Pazhaverkaadu in Thiruvallur district.

Meanwhile, a parallel conference in support of the KNPP
was held at Nagercoil by the All India Congress Labour Front
and pro-Koodankulam project supporters. The three-day
conference was inaugurated by former Union Minister E V K S
Elangovan.

The local people in Koodankulam in Tamil Nadu`s
Tirunelveli district have been agitating since September last
demanding scrapping of the Indo-Russian project raising safety
concerns following the Fukushima disaster in Japan early this
year.

Countering the protests against KNPP, some other
activists have been demanding commissioning of the first
reactor in the plant.

PTI

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