A warning to the TN Govt on Koodankulam

A warning to the TN Govt on Koodankulam (Photo credit: Joe Athialy)

Idinthakarai Update
May 6, 2012

The condition of the 302 women hunger strikers has been deteriorating steadily. Two of the 35 men strikers have been afflicted with viral fever and have been isolated from the rest of the group for fear of any contagion among others. The following women have collapsed and removed to the nearby hospital:
Soosai Lourde (55), Manjula (33), Sahayam (45), Jacqueline (42), Pasili (36) and Bama (40). The first five women are from Idinthakarai and the last woman is from Koodankulam.

Last evening, a government medical team of 2 doctors and 3 nurses came to see the hunger strikers. The small medial team could not check everyone and dealt with only those who had serious health issues. They said they were late because their vehicle had starting trouble. One of the two BP apparatus (Sphygmomanometer) the medical team had brought was not working. This made the people question our government’s preparedness to face a nuclear disaster.

Because of augmentation in wind energy generation, Tamil Nadu is getting enough electricity now and the power cut has become down drastically. They are producing 2,500 MW every day. While the wind energy companies are ready to produce additional 1050 MW power, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board officials are asking the wind energy producers to reduce the wind energy generation (Dinamani online, May 6, 2012) as the Government of India and the Government of Tamil Nadu are still hell-bent on propping up the Koodankulam nuclear power plant.

The Chief Minister of Kerala, in the meantime, has demanded 500 MW power from the Koodankulam plant (instead of the allotted 266 MW). The PMANE challenges if the Chief Minister of Kerala is ready to ask for a nuclear power plant in his own state of Kerala instead of demanding more power from the Koodankulm plant. As the Kerala CM belongs to the same Congress Party of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, it should be very easy to set up a few nuclear power plants in Kerala.

Nanjil Sampath, the propaganda secretary of the MDMK participated in the hunger strike and expressed his party’s support to the struggle.

The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)