Condemning the Centr’s decision to go ahead with the proposal to construct third and fourth nuclear reactors at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) site with Russian assistance, the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has urged Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to take immediate steps to stop the expansion proposal.
A statement from the PMANE said that anti-KKNPP activists, during their meeting with Ms. Jayalalithaa in September, had urged her to take all-out efforts to stop the upcoming nuclear power project as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee did in the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited’s Haripur Nuclear Power Project. The Chief Minister replied that Ms. Banerjee was able to oppose it since the Haripur Nuclear Power Project was in the nascent stage.
“Since the proposal to construct the third and the fourth reactors at KKNPP is only at the preliminary stage now, the people of Tamil Nadu expect the Chief Minister to do something to stop the construction of two more reactors at Kudankulam.”
The PMANE also urged DMK president M. Karunanidhi to explain his party’s stand on the Centre’s plan to construct two more reactors in the upcoming nuclear park (where the NPCIL plans to establish 6 X 1,000 MWe nuclear reactors).