Kudankulam nuclear plant.
The Kudankulam nuclear plant is situated in the Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu. Construction has been delayed due to anti-nuclear protests by the locals and People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy, who are afraid of a repeat of what happened in Fukushima after the March 2011 tsunami.
11:45 am: Protestors seek intervention of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Protestors are hoping for the intervention of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. We are hoping that Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa will hear our voice, an activist told CNN IBN. While head of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) SP Udayakumar's whereabouts are still not known, the activist said he will not be present at the protest. The majority of the protestors seem to be women and children. The protest is expected to continue till this evening and activists say that they will continue until the state government responds to their demands. 11:30 am: Hundreds standing in sea near Kudankulam nuclear plant Hundreds of protestors are not heeding the orders of the authorities and have waded into the sea at Kudankulam. Mostly women and children waded into the sea in waist deep water and were seen braving the waves and heat in a unique imitation of the protests in Madhya Pradesh. The Coast Guard is carrying out sorties to ensure the protestors aren't swept away because unlike Madhya Pradesh, the protestors will have to brave currents and waves as they protest. Despite the police initially warning the protestors not to go into the sea, there has been no action taken to prevent them from doing so. 11:00 am Taking a cue from the 'Jal Satyagraha' activists in Madhya Pradesh, opponents of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant have decided to stand in the sea off Idianthakarai coast today as a stepped-up form of agitation. Sources in People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE), which is spearheading the stir, said the agitators have put forward four demands - stoppage of the process of fuel-loading in KNPP, giving up of the plan to arrest anti-nuclear movement leaders, adequate compensation for those who suffered losses and release of those already taken into custody.
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