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Updated: October 17, 2011 01:29 IST

Kudankulam plant in the larger interests of State, says Manmohan

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A view of the second reactor building at the Kudankulam nuclear power project. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he looked forward to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's continuing support for the Kudankulam project. File photo
The Hindu A view of the second reactor building at the Kudankulam nuclear power project. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that he looked forward to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's continuing support for the Kudankulam project. File photo

Manmohan writes to Jayalalithaa again seeking her support for the project

Reiterating that nothing would be done to threaten the safety and security of the people in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) zone, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has conveyed to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa that sudden reversal of the power plant would adversely impact the State's development and industrialisation plans.

In a letter addressed to Ms. Jayalalithaa, Dr. Singh sought her support for the project and apprised the Chief Minister of his discussion on October 7 with a delegation led by the Tamil Nadu Finance Minister, O. Panneerselvam, which included some persons from the area around Kudankulam, on their concerns about the project.

This is the second letter of Dr. Singh to Ms. Jayalalithaa this month and comes a day after activists, opposed to the project, decided to convert their 72-hour fast into an indefinite one.

The crux of the Prime Minister's letter is that while the government would leave no stone unturned to address all concerns, the plant was in the larger interests of Tamil Nadu, one of the most industrialised States and whose energy requirements were growing.

Dr. Singh wrote that it was conveyed to the delegation that the Union government would constitute a small group of experts to interact with the representatives of the people of the region to satisfy all their legitimate concerns, and the exercise would suitably involve the government of Tamil Nadu.

In response to some technical issues raised by the team, it was informed that it would not be possible to settle them at his meeting. “Apart from the safety and livelihood aspects, where the government and the people are on the same side, I also took the opportunity to mention that Tamil Nadu is one of the most industrialised States of the country whose power requirements are growing constantly. Of the 2000 MWe power to be generated by Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project Units 1 and 2, the allocation of power to Tamil Nadu is 925 MWe. In case the prospects of availability of this power are suddenly withdrawn, this would impact on the State's development and industrialisation plans.”

Dr. Singh said he had separately directed the Department of Atomic Energy to maintain close liaison with the local and authorities and the State government.

When it comes to nuclear plant safety, Indian politicians and scientists are quick to refer 2004 tsunami and Fukushima accident. Both are caused by major earthquake. But they fail to understand nuclear energy generation doesn’t have room for error. When such error happens, the resulting catastrophe is unthinkable. Nuclear energy deals with all life forms and the damage is irreparable. When saying “safe” authorities include few activities associated with with the nuclear energy. Accident or no accident, spent fuel makes a nuclear site a killing field for years to come.
Remember, Safety devices can also fail at any time & moreover Scientists & Politicians are not "GOD" to say that Tsumani or earthquake of Fukushima magnitude cannot (or will not) occur in Kudankulam site. We don't want electricity by ruining the lives of people of Kudankulam in the name of "Development". LET US UNITE & EXTEND SUPPORT TO PEOPLE AGAINST KUDANKULAM NUCLEAR PLANT

from:  Kishore Kumar, Chennai
Posted on: Oct 14, 2011 at 14:32 IST

The Sun,the natural source of energy, has been providing us energy in the form of heat and light from crores of years.It is due to nuclear reaction, to be more precise, from nuclear fusion.Are we afraid of the Sun? The answer is no.Rather we worship the Sun as god.Had the Sun not there,life on the Earth would have not been there ,this is quite sure. All resources coal,oil,gas etc.are going to be exhausted soon the way they are being exploited for industrial purposes. Moreover,these are raising various environmental issues and making our life difficult. A day will come,probably we may not be there by the time ,all above sources of energy will exhaust.Nuclear power will remain as only option,for domestic and industrial use.Major share of electricity generation will be by nuclear power and some contribution by reneweable sources world wide.
Nuclear energy is proven begnin, environmentaly friendly and economical viable option for electricity for present and future.It is elegent, technologically advanced solution to the world energy. Public would pay homage to nuclear reactors and worship them as we do presently to the Sun.Both sources of nuclear reactions.

from:  Akhilesh
Posted on: Oct 14, 2011 at 13:04 IST

Dr.Manmohan Singh is going thru a jail sentence without being in jail.Like Gandhiji Dr.Singh is suffering because of being right and being caring to all the citizens of India.It is very unfortunate such person is treated like this.L.K.Advani who was responsible to killing of so many people beacuse of his yatra roams free and is going on another yatra.Jayalalitha who amassed so much money during her tenure comes across as a saint.Mr.Chidambaram who works almost 19 - 20 hours a days comes across like fraud.This country has lost its mind.People are impatient,inconsiderate and act without any gratitude.Media outlets like Hindu who are impartial should bring out the facts about all this politics being played by Jayalalitha on Kodankulam.Keep in mind she was one who arrested the Hindu editors during her reign earlier that you published the truth. I request the Hindu to publish more on this two faced politicians and corrupt ideals.Just to state the fact this project was initiated during Jaya.

from:  Prem
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 19:02 IST

Its time to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of kudankulam. Bhopal disaster is still fresh in the minds of people. Our Indian government has a glorious record of turning its back on the victims of the bhopal disaster. Its time we give up these dangerous methods and opt for solar and wind energy. It might be expensive. So be it. But thats the best way forward. Remember, Germany has already taken its first step.

from:  John
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 18:19 IST

Its time that Jayalalitha did some real good work, she has to take this matter seriously and deal with activists and ensure that safety demands are met, and inform them in very clear terms that shutting down Kodankulam cannot even be thought of.

from:  Xavier surender
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 10:48 IST

It does not need so high qualifications to say what our Honourable PM says. Unless our PM consider not only the people of Kundankulam but all those who want renewable safe and envirnment friendly source of power generation - are not taking interest of the nations develoment inexpressing the opposition to the plant. Is he trying divert the people's attnetion else where.what Kundankulam is asking for power generation using solar or wind power source. the established committer should compare all there source of generation of power and decide what the situation is demanding. but it will end up up holding what our our PM wants and the citizen of India are the main loosers, as it happens every issue inour incredible India. Jai Hind.

from:  Udaya Kumar
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 10:18 IST

hi,this is Vasanthan from Maldives , This is one of the most dangerous project because a lot of fisherman are suffering. The government would not allow people to caught fish in to deep sea. Second reason is Indian people were aware of japan nuclear reactor still Japanese not recover .,moreover they had implemented good technology also, why the Indian government proposed established this nuclear plant for what purpose?,everybody aware of nuclear plant after affected Tsunami. According to my suggession is don't activate nuclear plant because that will create a lot of problem like health ,architecture,so and so

from:  Vasanthan
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 09:43 IST

Nuclear reactors are forever in a state of meltdown. Every year the 400 and odd nuclear reactors even during normal operations are estimated to cause ten Bhopals. Even one Bhopal's chief culprit has gone scot free! And the ten are perfect murders. At this rate if 100000 megawatts of nuclear reactors are allowed to come up in India they will cause one to two Bhopals every year even during normal operations. The latest design will become a vintage design a few years hence because man is fallible. The spent fuel pool is many times more radioactive than the nuclear reactors and will be unacceptably dangerous for a billion years while they produce electricity for only at most 60 years. And they produce only enough power to supply the nuclear industry and none to the general public. We the people of India have this capacity within our bodies and we return harmlessly back to the earth at the end of our lives and reproduce ourselves in harmony and in health. Where is the larger interest?

from:  Ram Kumar
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 08:34 IST

shortage of electricity has become acute due to shortage of Coal supply to Thermal Stations, Hydro-power production being hit due onset of winter, overdrawing the Grids by the states , the Chief Minister should cooperate with the centre to make Kudankulam Nuclear reactor operational if she is convinced by the expert group. Rs.13000/ crores project is much needed to the State . Let us hope everything ends well.

from:  N. Thirunavukkaras
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 03:33 IST

The people of Kudankulam are in the grip of fear and uncertainty. Their fears have to be assuaged, specially after the experience of Japan.The solution of course, is not to abandon the project but to put in adequate safe guards and constant monitoring to see that things do not go wrong. Nuclear power has its place in the energy mix and India, as it surges forward, has need for power, and more power.

from:  Veevip Sarathy
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 03:32 IST

There is the admirable Gandhian way wide open and shown in many ways in the form of energy substitution by enjoyable use of living energy, the hands and legs of people,Khadi. Tamilnadu is blessed with 7.21 crores of people, this means a peak power of 14420 megawatts(MW). Now we all know about the famous Tiruppur and Madurai hand loom and have personally used the products and satisfied with the wonder of human power, risk free and shockless. A little ingenuity will provide us with the isothermal power of the people via pedals. The entire cloth requirements of Tamilnadu can be met this way! Gandhiji saw the evil of modern civilization's cumulative effects in 1908! People are seeing the evils of nuclear power which may give you power for 60 years but leaves behind a legacy of poisons for a billion years!

from:  Ramaswami Kumar
Posted on: Oct 13, 2011 at 02:04 IST
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