NPCIL workers could not report for duty on Tuesday

The relay fast against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project commenced at Idinthakarai on Tuesday.

After the blockade of roads around KKNPP site ended on Sunday in view of the first phase of civic polls, the protestors had announced that they would restart the agitation in the form of relay fast at Idinthakarai on October 18 onwards. Subsequently, the relay hunger strike started in front of St. Lourdes Church on Tuesday.

“Residents of the coastal hamlets, who volunteer to take part in this agitation, will continue the relay fast in the days to come,” said the protestors.

Though the agitators, who had virtually captured the roads leading to the KKNPP site during their protest and thereby controlled the vehicular movement on these roads, had left the areas after they decided to continue their relay fast at Idinthakarai, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) workers could not report for duty on Tuesday as the police did not give the nod.

“When around 500 NPCIL workers were about to board the buses to the site around 7.30 a.m. on Tuesday, the police asked us to wait for their permission. As they did not give their nod, we could not go to the project site,” a senior NPCIL engineer said.