The anti-Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project struggle committee convener and People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) activist S.P. Udayakumar has reiterated that the State Expert Panel should meet the protesting villagers in their place and also the protestors' experts.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting with the members of State Expert Panel at the Collectorate on Sunday evening, Dr. Udayakumar, who participated in Sunday's talks along with eight activists, said the members, who inspected the safety aspects of the KKNPP reactors should study the other side of the issue and meet the local community to allay their fears about KKNPP and also meet the protestors' experts.
The PMANE that was spearheading the anti-KKNPP struggle had urged the team during the talks to fulfil these two major demands.
On allowing additional manpower into the KKNPP site to carry out maintenance work, he said the PMANE that had allowed 120 members everyday into the site for maintenance work after the State Cabinet passed a resolution in favour of stalling work at KKNPP as long as the fears of the local community was allayed, was forced to trim it further to only 20 as the KKNPP administration started sending in more manpower without honouring the State Government's resolution. “We'll discuss this issue with Collector, Superintendent of Police and Sub-Collector, Cheranmahadevi and come to a conclusion,” he said.
Dr. Udayakumar, who termed Sunday's parleys as “a beginning and preliminary talks”, hoped that the State Expert Panel members would meet the protesting villagers to understand their “genuine apprehensions” and also their experts before submitting their reports.
“Since we, the representatives, cannot reflect the sentiments and fears of the local community as such, they should come and meet our people from various walks of life”.
He said no pressure was exerted on them during the talks to give-up the ongoing protest against KKNPP. Before entering the meeting hall, Dr. Udayakumar said they would allow the commissioning of the KKNPP reactors only if the locals were fully convinced about the safety of the reactors.