The Communist Party of India (Marxist), which is keen on ensuring a nation-wide debate over the Kovvada atomic power plant issue, is striving to get the support from all sections of society, ahead of the party Polit Bureau member Prakash Karat's visit to the village on 16-07-2016 evening, followed by a public meeting in Srikakulam.
Former chairman of the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board A. Gopalakrishnan, former Navy chief Admiral L. Ramdas and several retired officials and representatives will attend the crucial meeting, which is expected to help the party explain its stand over the atomic power plant and accords with the U.S. over transfer of nuclear technology to India.
As part of its awareness programme, CPI(M) leaders and activists toured extensively villages of Ranasthalam mandal and explained about the drawbacks of atomic power in India. They also conducted a Jeep Jatha in various areas to create awareness among the people about the project, which would be established with Rs. 2.8 lakh crore.
The party organised an exhibition in Srikakulam to explain about the atomic power plants in various countries, accidents and disadvantages. According to them, a majority of the countries have stopped nuclear power production and shifted to green energy. Party Srikakulam District Secretary Bhaviri Krishnamurthy, senior leaders Chowdary Tejeswara Rao, P. Tirupati Rao, G.V.K. Murthy and others held interaction sessions with the people who visited the exhibition.
According to them, the Indian government would be forced to spend up to Rs.42 crore per megawatt on nuclear power, when thermal and other sources are being produced at Rs.10 crore per megawatt. They alleged that the atomic power plant proposed in Kovvada would be beneficial only to the U.S. companies which would not pay even compensation to the people in case of accidents. "People understood that the Government is trying to make North Andhra as a dumping yard with the establishment of thermal and atomic plants. The State government is extending its full support to the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) by diverting Nagavali water for the project. Moreover, it is forcing the district administration to speed up land acquisition although the people in those villages opposed the displacement," said Mr. Krishnamurthy.
He alleged that the NPCIL officials were crossing their limits while revealing details and announcing so-called packages. People cutting across party lines were keen on participating in Mr. Karat's meeting to be held in Ambedkar Auditorium on Saturday evening.
Mr. Karat will attend another meeting in Visakhapatnam on July 17 to explain the party's stand over the project.
Source- The Hindu