March 19th, 2012
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Jayalalitha gives green signal to Kudankulam N plant


Chennai: Tamil Nadu government has fixed the value of the life of the people of  Kudankulam at Rs. 500 crore. Announcing a 500 crore special development package for the plant area the Jayalalilthaa government in Tamil Nadu gave the green signal for the controversial nuclear plant. Jayalalitha hopes to end the dead lock on the issue. Amma has started the crackdown on the anti-nuclear activists at Kudankulam and has sought the cooperation of political parties to immediately resume work at the 2,000-MW atomic power plant in Tirunelveli district, which has been stalled since September 2011 following protests spearheaded by the People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE).

Nine Kudankulam protestors have been detained and the nuclear power plant site has been cleared. “In accordance with (today’s) Cabinet decision, immediate steps will be taken (to facilitate commissioning) of the plant,” Chief Minister Jayalalithaa said in a statement regarding the issue. The Rs 500 crore for locals would be used to establish a cold storage to store fish catch, to construct houses, to lay roads, to repair mechanised fishing boats of local fishermen and the like, she said.

The convenor of the protest SP Udayakumar has begun a fast unto death. Udayakumar had earlier sent a legal notice to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for his reported statement that the protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power plant were funded by the US. Jayalalithaa who earlier opposed the nuclear power plant made a complete U turn and came up with this decision a day after completion of polling at Sankarankoil, which falls in the same district.

Today’s Cabinet decision was taken based on the positive recommendations of the four-member committee set up by the Chief Minister to look into the fears and concerns of the protestors against the plant.


2 Responses to “ Jayalalitha gives green signal to Kudankulam N plant ”

  1. s.madhusudan

    kudos to our hon chief minister on taking a positive steo to open the kknp. better late than never.

  2. s.madhusudan

    our hon chief minister has by opening the kknp has made us independent from demanding power from other states thereby paving way for the economic development of our state which is in sorry state due to acute power shortage.


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