Chennai: A day after India signed agreements with Russia to finance two units of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP), anti-nuclear activists yesterday sought Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s intervention in the issue and
stop work on the units.
Recalling their meeting with Jayalalithaa in September 2011 over the issue, People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy said in a statement it had asked her to handle KNPP just like the West Bengal Chief Minister has done in her state, saying she did not want any nuclear plant there.
PMANE said Jayalalithaa had pointed out that her West Bengal counterpart could state that since the plant (in West Bengal) was in the initial stages of construction.
“Now over the third and fourth units in Kudankulam, people in Tamil Nadu certainly expect her to take a similar decision,” it said.
With the first unit of KNPP likely to be commissioned soon, Russia has agreed to extend $3.4 billion credit for setting up two more 1,000 MW atomic power plants at the same site in Tamil Nadu.
The two nations signed a protocol on 17 July in Moscow for financing units 3 and 4 of the Kudankulam project, under which the Russian Federation will extend export credit amounting up to $3.4 billion for 85 percent of the value of works, supplies and services provided by the Russian organisations for the two units.