K'kulam protestors hype quake; calls it nature's warning

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Chennai, Apr 11: Intending to utilize nature’s fury to their advantage, the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) that is spearheading the anti-Kudankulam nuclear plant stir has demanded an immediate halt to the plant’s work and stated that the Indonesian earthquake was "nature's warning against the commissioning of KKNPP."

A statement issued by the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) said, “We think that earthquake and tsunami are nature’s warning against commissioning the KKNPP. We demand an immediate halt to work at Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in the wake of the massive earthquake off the coast of Indonesia, significant tremors all over Tamil Nadu and the potential danger of tsunami along the coast of Tamil Nadu."

The anti-nuclear supporters have demanded an immediate halt into the commissioning of the plant. More recently, Swami Agnivesh has joined the fray against the nuclear plant and said that the government has to decide on scrapping the project and protecting the people.

Agnivesh added that the Archbishop of Thiruvanathapuram Susai Packiam will visit Kudankulam next week to offer his support to the stir. Besides the religious figures, top Kerala CPI-M leader VS Achuthanandan has too joined the movement and promised his support to the People's Movement against Nuclear energy.

Agnivesh commented, “Let the governments (central and state) decide finally and scrap the KNPP and protect people.”

Though considerable fears were generated with people across Tamil Nadu experiencing minor tremors, officials in the nuclear plant allayed all fears and said that they were on alert and that the plant was not impacted. M Kasinath Balaji, Site Director, Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant, has been quoted as saying to agencies, “We received the alert from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services in Hyderabad and we are generally on alert. But our work is continuing.”

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