For the anti-nuke campaigners of Kudankulam, the Wednesday earthquake in Indonesia and the subsequent tsunami alert in Tamil Nadu was yet another proof that the nuclear power plant in Tirunelveli in south Tamil Nadu was located in an unsafe area. The protestors wanted all work stopped with immediate effect.
Dismissing the assertions that the plant was earthquake and tsunami safe, People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), spearheading the villagers protest against the plant on Thursday demanded an immediate halt to work on the plant.
In a press statement issued on Thursday morning, the PMANE leader SP Udayakumar said Wednesday’s tremors all over Tamil Nadu only highlight the potential danger of a tsunami.
“This shows how vulnerable and volatile our east coast is to set up dangerous nuclear power plants at Koodankulam, Kalpakkam and Kovvada,” Udayakumar said.
He also dismissed as “empty assurances” the certificates of safety issued by the department of atomic energy, scientists such as Dr Abdul Kalam, politicians and bureaucrats -- that there would be no more earthquakes and tsunamis in the area. Their claims stand exposed, he said.
On Wednesday, Swami Agnivesh joined the protesters at Idinthakarai, the epicenter of the protests. The demands of the protesters include the immediate removal of Uranium fuel rods from the KKNPP facility in the wake of nature’s threats.
They are demanding the appointment of a team of experts to study geology, hydrology and oceanography issues involved in the Koodankulam project without any further delay. There is also a demand for immediate withdrawal of cases filed against the protesters.