Seeking a moratorium on setting up nuclear plants in India in the wake of threat posed by the damaged caused to the Fukushima nuclear reactor in Japan following the devastating the tsunami, the Coalition for Nuclear Disarmament and Peace (CNDP) has expressed deep grief and sorrow at the devastation caused by the earthquake.

“The accident, in which unspecified quantities of radioactivity were released, highlights the grave inherent hazards of atomic power generation the world over, and confirms the scientific assessment that all nuclear reactor-types can undergo a catastrophic accident like Three Mile Island (U.S, 1979) and Chernobyl (Ukraine, 1986), irrespective of the precautions taken and safety systems installed,” the CNDP said in a statement here on Saturday.

“An estimated 65,000 to 110,000 people perished in Chernobyl. The toll from Fukushima is as yet unknown, but is likely to be high. The incident calls for a thorough review and transparent audit of the safety performance of all nuclear reactors in India, as well as of evacuation and other emergency procedures, which are known to be flawed.”

The statement is signed by Anil Chaudhary, Achin Vanaik and Praful Bidwai.

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