CPI (M) demands stop on all new nuclear projects

Last Updated: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 16:42

Kolkata: The CPI(M) on Thursday demanded an
immediate stop on all new nuclear projects, saying it
was `elementary` for the government to pay heed to public
protests against such plants after the Fukushima disaster.

"Work on all new nuclear plants should be stopped
immediately," CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told a
press conference here.

The CPI(M), he said, had raised objections to the
Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra, India`s largest
nuclear power plant where farmers are agitating, even before
the Fukushima disaster.

"The technology being provided for Jaitapur by the
French company is not tested. Besides, Jaitapur is in a
seismic zone. Many scientists have already demanded a stop
to the project. After the Fukushima disaster, it is elementary
for the government to pay heed to public opinion," he said.

Asked whether he also wanted a halt in the proposed
Haripur n-power project in West Bengal, Karat said he wanted
all such new projects to be stopped `without exception.`

PTI



First Published: Thursday, April 21, 2011 - 16:42

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