Kudankulam Hunger Strike: Update

Idinthakarai Update
May 2, 2012

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has embarked upon the
fourth round of indefinite hunger strike from May 1, 2012 at Idinthakarai
with the following demands:

[1] The ongoing work at the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) must be
halted and the following steps must be taken immediately.

[2] As the Central Information Commission (CIC) has instructed the
Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of
India Ltd. (NPCIL), the Safety Analysis Report and the Site Evaluation
Report must be released to the public immediately. And the full and final
post-Fukushima safety audit report must also be released to the press and
the public.

[3] A new and comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report
must be commissioned as the one that the DAE has released after 23 years of
struggle is incomplete, erroneous and outdated. The Tamil and Malayalam
translations of the new EIA must be shared with the local people and the
Press in Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

[4] The opinions and preferences of the project-affected people must be
heard by a competent authority in an open, transparent and democratic
manner to understand the fears and concerns of the people.

[5] An independent national committee must be constituted to study the
issues of geology, hydrology, oceanography and seismology involved in the
Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

[6] Disaster management training and evacuation exercises must be conducted
in the 30-km radius of the Koodankulam plants and beyond in the wake of
the recent earthquake all over Tamil Nadu and India.

[7] A Tamil Nadu State Assembly Resolution must be passed that the
Pechipparai dam water from Kanyakumari District and the Tamirabharani river
water from Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi Districts will not be taken for the
KKNPP reactors.

[8] A copy of the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) on liability secretly
signed between the governments of India and Russia must be made available
to the project-affected public.

[9] Complete and truthful information must be given to the local people and
the citizens of India about nuclear waste that would be produced at the
Koodankulam plants and its management.

[10] All the false cases against the members of the struggle committee and
the common people must be withdrawn immediately and unconditionally. Our
friends who are still languishing in prison, Muhilan and Sathishkumar, must
be released immediately.

[11] The local people’s right to protest peacefully and nonviolently
against the KKNPP and other related issues must be respected and honored.
And no more false cases and other intimidatory exercises should be used
against the struggling people.

The indefinite hunger strike will be broadened and strengthened on May 4
with the participation of hundreds of women from the neighboring villages.
We remain open to dialogue with the government officials and would
entertain such efforts. But we demand a written agreement with a definite
action plan and clear timeline. We request you to do the needful in support
of our cause.

The Struggle Committee,
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)

 

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