When you alight from a train on Friday evening, don’t be surprised to see banners that read “No more Fukushima, no more Hiroshima” or “Stop the hazardous Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant” at railway station.
In light of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, the Konkan Bachao Samiti (KBS) will initiate a programme at 28 locations in Mumbai and Thane, including railway stations on Friday, to build public opposition against the proposed Jaitapur plant in Ratnagiri district.
“Public opinion is fissionable material that cannot be suppressed,” said Vivek Monteiro, social activist.
“Similar to a chain reaction that takes place inside a reactor, there can be a chain reaction in society too that can help build both individual and sustained opposition.”
To be held mostly at railway stations every Friday evening, the chain reaction programme will culminate on April 26 to coincide with 25 years of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster that took place in Ukraine in 1986.
“Groups of activists will distribute handbills to the public that expresses opposition to the plant. These handbills will also have email addresses of the chief minister, prime minister and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited,” said Adwait Pednekar of KBS.
Trade unions under the banner of the communist parties will organise such chain reaction programmes across all districts in Maharashtra.
“The Jaitapur project is not based on any scientific or technical criteria. It’s only a political decision that’s been pushed forward against all rationality. Therefore there is a need to build public opposition,” said Monteiro.