Massive rally by anti-Koodankulam protestors
Radhapuram: About 10,000 anti-nuclear
protestors on Sunday took out a procession from a temple at nearby
Koodankulam to this town and staged a peaceful demonstration,
condemning Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's statement that the
Nuclear Power project would be operationalised in a couple of
weeks and resolved to picket the plant if work resumed.
Pushparayan, Convenor of People's Movement Against
Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the stir, said
the organisation would intensify its agitation from January 1
if their demand for removing the fuel rods loaded into the
reactor were not removed by that date.
Police said the procession and the demonstration passed
off peacefully and that adequate security had been deployed to
ensure no untoward incidents took place.
Earlier in the day, PMANE condemned Singh's 'anti-people'
and 'autocratic' statement on KNPP, saying it betrayed the
fact that the state government's resolution to halt work was
never honoured earnestly or implemented effectively.
PMANE also alleged that the Centre, Department of Atomic
Energy, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited and KNPP
authorities had all been 'secretly' on loading fuel rods
"against the letter and spirit of the cabinet resolution,"
in complete violatio of all Atomic Energy Regulatory Board
rules and international regulations.
PMANE said it was regrettable that Singh had announced
dates for commissioning the plant even as preliminary talks
were on, "showing scant regard for dialogue."
The PM had said in Russia that the first
reactor at Koodankulam would be operationalised in a couple of
weeks and the second one in another six months.
On his way back from Moscow, he had made it clear that
the Kudankulam reactor cannot be allowed to remain "idle" when
the nation has sunk an amount of Rs 14,000 crore on the