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PMANE activists demand Whitepaper on Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project

 

 

Wednesday July 06, 2016

Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project, Transparency, Whitepaper  
 
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) has raised questions on the government in maintaining transparency and keeping people informed about the affairs in the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) alleging that the silence from the union government, National Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has resulted in rumours making rounds in the project area.  
HNF Correspondent  
 

The government is seriously lacks in transparency and in informing the people of the affected area about the affairs in Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP), alleges People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) in a release saying that the silence from National Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) and Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) has resulted in rumours making rounds in the project area.

The rumours spread in the locality are that there have been some 40 deaths, that the contract workers at KKNPP have been asked not to report for duty, and that KKNPP-1 has been completely sealed.

 

DAE Chief Dr. R. K. Sinha said on January 18 that there was "no major issue behind delay in Kudankulam commissioning." But he, still, stopped short of telling the real truth about the project.

“Would somebody tell the complete truth about the KKNPP please? What are the "minor" issues that are plaguing the KKNPP? How are they being rectified? Russian nuclear industry is said to be in a bad shape with reactor cancellations and delays because of cracks and shoddy equipment. Zio-Podolsk, owned by the Russian company Rosatom, is under investigation for shoddy equipment it produced for several nuclear plants in Russia and abroad since 2007. It's suspected that "Zio-Podolsk" used wrong type of steel (cheaper than the one originally required) to produce equipment for nuclear plants, such as steam generators. This company has supplied several equipment and parts to the KKNPP. Is it true or not?” – asked PMANE while accusing that the concerned department and the Minister in the PMO are hiding more than what they reveal.

“According to the DAE and the NPCIL authorities, they completed the fuel loading at KKNPP-1 on October 2, 2012 and it has been four months of testing and reporting leaks and repairs,” said a press release issued by KKNNP raising more questions such as, “what is leaking? Should those of us who live in the vicinity be worried about our safety and well-being?

“Interestingly enough, the project cost is said to have risen by some Rs. 4,000 crores more than the estimated cost. What is the actual end cost of the KKNPP 1 and 2? What is the break-up of this huge amount? Did anyone in India and Russia get commissions and bribes?” – KKNNP asked in the release adding that “Atomstroyexport” – a Russian company – “has just released its financial statement for 2011. The company claims that losses in 2011 were twice bigger than the losses of 2010, and that the company is on the brink of bankruptcy. This has seriously affected the Russian nuclear projects at Koodankulam in India and Busher in Iran (Ref: http://www.interfax.ru/business/txt.asp?id=283928).

Questioning if the Indian government is secretly helping the Russian company in a state of bankruptcy, the release gives a call for an inquiry saying, “Will somebody institute a thorough inquiry on the actual cost and the over-spending on KKNPP? People of India want to know the truth.”

Alleging callousness and lack of transparency at both bureaucratic and political levels, KKNNP asks through the release, “Why is the Tirunelveli Collector, Mr. Samaymoorthi, so deafeningly silent about the KKNPP leaks and repairs? Isn't he responsible for all off-site safety and emergency issues and concerns? Why are the Chief Minister and all the ministers of Tamil Nadu silent? Aren’t they worried about the safety and well-being of the Tamils? Why doesn't the DMK Chief speak about the KKNPP leaks and repairs? After all, his Party is part of the UPA government at the Centre and he is a vociferous supporter of the KKNPP. Where is the Tamil Nadu opposition leader Mr. Vijayakanth? Does he know about the leaks and repairs at KKNPP? Why does Minister V. Narayanasami alone speak about the KKNPP leaks and repairs? Where is the Atomic Energy minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh? Why do they refuse to speak? Do they want only our votes and their power?

“If the KKNPP suffers all these leaks and repairs, how did Dr. Abdul Kalam, Dr. M. R. Srinivasan, Dr. Muthunayagam, Dr. Iniyan and the expert members give out the "best and brightest" certificates to the KKNPP? Were they all speaking non-truths?”, said the release while demanding a White Paper on the actual happenings of the KKNPP along with the Site Evaluation Report (SER), Safety Analysis Report (SAR), Emergency Preparedness Plan (EPP), VVER-1000/412 performance report in the larger interests of the people of Tamil Nadu and Kerala. “If they ignore our demand and do not respond in 15 days, we will lay another siege to the KKNPP,” PMANE warned in its press release.

 
 

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