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Protestors want Kudankulam N-plant scrapped


Meenakshi Mahadevan,CNN-IBN
Oct 11, 2011 at 05:32pm IST

Chennai: Protests against the Kudankulam nuclear plant in Tamil Nadu has intensified with the villagers of the area demanding that the project be scrapped. Several hundred villagers are protesting against the nuclear power plant and have decided to indefinitely fast near the proposed Kudankulam nuclear plant site.

More than 100 villagers are on indefinite fast and several others have joined the relay hunger strike. They are demanding the closure of the upcoming Kudankulam nuclear plant.

A group of protesters had met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi following which he had written a letter to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister about the nuclear project.

In the letter Singh told Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa that the Central Government would give high regard to "safety, livelihood and security of the people" while executing the Koondakulam nuclear power project.

"For a large and fast growing economy like ours, and given the volatility and uncertainty of international energy markets, it is in our national interest that we tap all sources of energy, and diversify our energy mix," he said in a letter to the Chief Minister.

The protesters also say that they are not sure if the Tamil Nadu Cabinet passed a resolution requesting the Centre to halt work on plant till safety concerns of the people were addressed with genuine concern. The state Cabinet had passed the resolution on September 22.

Jayalalithaa had on September 19 written to the Prime Minister on safety concerns about the nuclear plant.

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