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Anti-nuke protesters to confront IAEA team

Just one day after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team arrives in India for its maiden visit on October 29, anti-nuclear energy protesters will step up their agitation to seek international support for the closure of this body. Vanita Srivastava reports.

delhi Updated: Oct 24, 2012 11:19 IST
Vanita Srivastava

Just one day after an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) team arrives in India for its maiden visit on October 29, anti-nuclear energy protesters will step up their agitation to seek international support for the closure of this body.

An operational safety review team (OSART) of the IAEA, Vienna, will inspect safety practices adopted by the Rajasthan Atomic Power Station at units 3 and 4 in Rawatbhata near Kota.

The team will carry out the inspection and later submit a report on plant safety.

"At an age when the world is opposing nuclear energy because of safety hazards, the very existence of IAEA is almost meaningless. It is practically redundant," said SP Udayakumar, convenor of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PAME).

"We will go to different embassies in Delhi and consulates in Chennai to seek support for our movement and submit letters. We will ask them to support our demand to close IAEA," he told Hindustan Times.

When asked if this was deliberately being made to coincide with the International Atomic Energy Agency team's visit, he claimed ignorance over the date of its arrival.

The IAEA report on safety will, however, be positive, Udayakumar said. "This always happens. It is nothing but a formality."

Disclosing details of the protests planned in the coming days, anti-nuclear activist said they have decided to lay siege to the secretariats in Chennai and Trivandrum on October 29.

Also, there would be a total boycott of work in all the coastal districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala on November 21 - which coincides with the World Fisheries Day.

"The fishermen have decided to sacrifice their one-day salary for our cause," he added.