Tamil Nadu: Protests against nuclear plant mount

The protest against Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the district continued to gather momentum with over 20,000 people staging a relay fast on Wednesday.

Tirunelveli (TN): As the protest against
Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant in the district continued to
gather momentum with over 20,000 people staging a relay fast
on Wednesday, the Tamil Nadu Government invited representatives of
the core group spearheading the stir for talks.

District Collector R Selvaraj spoke to S P Udayakumar,
Jayakumar and advocate Sivasubramanian, spearheading the
protest, over phone and urged them to withdraw their five-day
old indefinite fast and come for talks, an official release
said.
They told the Collector that they would consult the rest
of the protestors and revert to him, it said.

The project undertaken in collaboration with Russia
envisages building of two 1,000 MW VVER type reactors by the
Nuclear Power Corporation of India in the coastal village of
Koodankulam.

The protests have intensified in the last few 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.

On August 15, a meeting of the local village sabha at
Idinthakarai, which falls in the two km radius of the KNPP,
resolved that the plant should be shelved, citing safety
concerns and recent Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.
While 127 people under the banner Confederation against
KNPP have been on the indefinite fast at Idinthakarai since
September 10, thousands of residents of surrounding villages
have been joining them in observing relay hunger strike.

For the fourth day today, fishermen of the area did not
put out to sea for fishing while students continued to
boycott schools.

Several political parties, the Federation of Traders
Association and local social organisations have extended their
support to the protest.

PTI

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