OVER 500 WOMEN FROM KOODANKULAM WILL HOLD A DAY’S FAST
TO PRAY & PREVAIL UPON THE INDUSTRIAL & COMMERCIAL INSTITUTIONS OF COIMBATORE TO REFRAIN FROM THEIR AGITATION TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT TO COMMISSION THE KKNPP IMMEDIATELY.
Venue: Near Hotel Tamil Nadu, Gandhipuram from 9am to 5pm.
The Anti Nuke Collective, Kovai ,representing several Politcal Parties, Tamil Nationalist Movements, Organisations for Protection of Dalit Rights, Environmental Activists and Human Rights Organisations have returned from a Motor Bike Rally to Koodankulam to express our solidarity and as a part of our campaign against Nuclear Plants.
While the Anti Nuke Collective was at Koodankulam, the news about the agitation launched by the Industrial and Commercial Institutions urging the Government to commission the KKNPP immediately came as a surprise and rude shock to the struggling masses of Koodankulam. They indeed expressed their agony and apathy in this regard.
There are no two opinions about the need for Electrical energy. However the Industrial/Commercial bodies ought to evaluate how safe would be the Nuclear Plant, if it violates and ignores the laid down norms for safety by National and International monitoring Agencies for Atomic Energy. Post Fukushima, it may be noted that, Japanese Government had to spend, in a week, a sum equivalent to Tamil Nadu’s current five year plan, to salvage the post Fukushima disaster. It is needless to emphasise that in the event of such disaster, the onus of the relative financial burden will be levied on the Industries. This has been the case in all Nuclear accidents, the world over. Hence the need of the hour is a detailed geological and oceanic scientific analysis with regard to the suitability of the location.. Failing which, it will put our future in jeopardy.
The facts also reveal that the existing installed power generating capacity is adequate to meet the needs of the requirements of Basic Industries and Agriculture in Tamil Nadu. There is also need to explore the possibilities of Energy Management Resources and Alternative Sources of Energy, pursuing people-centric and sustainable developmental models. It is in this context, more than 500 women from the vicinity of Koodankulam have resolved to visit Kovai and hold a day’s fast to prevail upon the Industrial and Commercial Institutions to refrain from their agitation to urge the Government for commissioning of the KKNPP, which will endanger the lives and livelihood of lakhs of people in Southern Tamil Nadu for ages together, precisely because of its very location.
The One Day fast which will be held on 15th of this month will be presided over by Dr.S.Udayakumar, the Coordinator who is spearheading the Peoples’ Movement Against Nuclear Energy at Koodankulam. Several leaders from various Political parties, social organizations representing all walks of life and environmentalists will participate in the Fast in support of the struggle. It will be interesting to listen to the agitating women and children from Koodankulam on how they perceive the dangers of the Nuclear Plants. During their visit a group of women from Koodankulam will also endeavour to meet the leaders of the industry to explain their plight in person.
ANTI NUKE COLLECTIVE, KOVAI
15, Saraswathi Apartments, Ganapathi Pudhur 3rd Street, Coimbatore: 641006.