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Protest against Jaitapur nuclear plant

Siddharth Gadkari in Pune Mirror

March 16, 2011

With Japan’s nuclear power plant explosions, locals and activists have intensified their agitation against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power project in Ratnagiri.

The Lokshasan Andolan strongly condemned the project, terming it a fascist onslaught on people meant to crush their resistance. Lokshashan Andolan’s Lal Nishan Party (Leninist) Lokayat held a press conference to address this on Tuesday.

Former Justice P B Sawant, founder of the organisation, criticised  the state saying, “Till before the Japanese  nuclear meltdown, India’s nuclear authorities said that if that earthquake-prone Japan could operate nuclear reactors, then India could definitely do so. However, this disaster clearly shows what could happen in Jaitapur.”

He also said that if a major accident were to take place at Jaitapur-Madban, then the western region of Maharashtra, including Pune, would be radiocatively contaminated even 25 years later.

Quite a large area would also have to be permanently evacuated. “Are we ever going to allow this,” he asked. While  addressing MLAs and MLCs in the central hall of Maharashtra Legislature on Monday, former Atomic Energy Commission chairman, Anil Kakodkar said, “Indian nuclear reactors have ‘engineered safeguards’ which would be activated automatically in case of an emergency.”

Niraj Jain of Lokayat replied with, “Nuclear experts worldwide have described India’s nuclear power plants as amongst the ‘most dangerous in the world’. There have been at least 300 accidents at India’s reactors, for example the accident at Narora in Uttar Pradesh in 1993 and Kakrapar in 1994. How can Kakodkar guarantee the safety of the Jaitapur plant?”

As retired judges, academicians and scientists who support the struggle have been barred from entering Ratnagari, activists plan to stage a Dharna on Thursday, March 17, outside the Pune’s Collectorate, demanding the Jaitapur Nuclear Plant be scrapped.

The government said additional environmental safeguards at the proposed Jaitapur plant can be considered. “What has happened is horrendous. Japan, which is best prepared to deal with earthquakes to lose so much life and property and particularly the nuclear catastrophe is a great concern for all of us,” Jairam Ramesh said in Delhi earlier today.

  1. Mrs Gooloo mehta
    March 16, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    After what has happened in Japan, I feel that the nuclear plant at Jaitapur should be given more time, andthoroughly studied before commencement. Knowing the track record of safety in our country, and the lackadaisical attitude of our netas it will be a crime against humanity to start work on this project before giving it more thought. Whatever Jairam may say, we DO NOT TRUST the GOVT OF INDIA to have any concern or sympathy for its beleagured people. They are only interested in furthering their own interests and not that of the country. So it is NO NO and NO. Gooloo Mehta

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