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N-plant standoff: protesters reject Kalam's help

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who is in favour of the 1000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, has also planned to hold discussions with the engineers and scientists involved in the project.

delhi Updated: Oct 25, 2011 12:14 IST

Former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who is in favour of the 1000 MW Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant in Tamil Nadu, is likely to step in to ease tensions between the government and agitators fasting for the closure of the project.

Kalam has said that he is planning to take a survey of the protesting Christian fishing community to identify areas of concern. In addition, he has also planned to hold discussions with the engineers and scientists involved in the project.

"I will visit all these reactors across coastal belts and personally hold discussions with the scientists about all aspects. It will take at least 10 days to visit and gather all information, after which a report will be made," he told PTI.

The Church has cited the case of Fukushima in Japan where earthquake and tsunami put in danger the lives of people around the nuclear reactors. It is concerned about peoples' displacement and losing livelihood in that area.

The protestant denomination suggested that the central and state governments hold a democratic and transparent national consultation on nuclear power projects in the country with proper assessment of economic, environmental and human cost of such expansion.

However, People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has reportedly said that they will not enter into any kind of dialogue with the committee which has only members toeing the government's line.

"Kalam is another spokesman of the nuclear energy lobby and he will not be able to convince us," it said.

This is being said that Kalam's personal credibility can bring the two sides together and help develop guarantees or assurances that the fishermen and their families find convincing.

After an apparent miscommunication between the centre and state government over a letter written by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to chief minister J Jayalalithaa, the state is being kept in the loop at every step. Senior figures from the Department of Atomic Energy might meet Jayalalithaa soon to brief her on efforts to soothe local sentiments and the plant's safety features.