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
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:
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
“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.