கல்லணை உடைந்து மக்களின் அழிவிற்கு காரணமாகிவிடும் என்று கரிகாலன் நினைத்திருந்தால் கரிகாலன் கல்லணை கட்டியிருக்க முடியாது.
After keeping the Centre waiting for months, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa has at last given her thumbs up for the commissioning of the Koodankulam nuclear power project (KKNPP), which was in limbo owing to several protests by the locals and anti-nuke activists.
Significantly, the AIADMK government’s decision on Monday 19-3-2012 comes barely a day after polling getting over for the Sankarankoil by-election in Tirunelveli district, where the KKNPP is located. It appears that the AIADMK czarina, who had in the past made common cause with the protest, was only waiting for the bypolls to get over.
The go-ahead comes with the announcement of an Rs.500 crore development package for establishing cold storage and mechanised boat repair facilities for the fisherfolk, intended to wean them away from the ongoing stir.
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam’s entry into the Kudankulam arena during 5-11-2011 has subtly changed the dynamics of the anti-nuclear protests in the region. Within a day of the former president visiting to the nuclear power project site and endorsing its “state-of-the-art” safety features, there is a growing voice supporting the former space scientist and questioning the views of S P Udayakumar, who is spearheading the protest at ground zero.
Kalam’s 10-point action plan – portions was given to the government – suggesting development of surrounding villages and creating 10,000 jobs, has struck a chord with a section.
Outlining a 10-point plan for the Kudankulam nuclear power project, the former president said people should not have “even a nano-sized doubt” over the safety of the project, as it met all the safety aspects.
Kalam’s suggestions to the Centre included development of the region where the plant is located, including construction of a four-lane highway connecting Kudankulam and the villages situated in a 30km radius with Madurai, Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari; a world-class hospital with over 500 beds; mobile medical facilities to locals; creation of 10,000 jobs for villagers living within the 30km to 60km radius of the plant; and bank loans for youth with 25% subsidized interest rates.
Kalam also suggested creating infrastructure facilities like construction of green houses, multi-storeyed housing complexes and playgrounds. He said fishermen in the area should be provided with motorboats, small jetties and fish cold storage facilities. In his report, Kalam said the “local residents’ truthful questions, dynamics of geo-political and market forces and the people, who are not thinking that the nation’s interest is more important than their interest, are the reasons for the protest.”
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