The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) that took almost 18 months to begin commercial power generation from the ‘First Approach to Criticality’ (FAC) has taken hardly 18 days to develop a major snag and come to a complete shutdown. It has been reported that the reactor and the turbine at KKNPP Unit 1 stopped themselves due to technical problems in the switch yard.
To make matters even worse, the Indian nuclear authorities fiddled with the reactor and other safety components allegedly for providing additional safety and alienated the Russians even more.
A shadow boxing between the Russians and the Indians has been going on all along. Even as the technical tussle went on behind the screen from the very beginning of the Koodankulam project, the bilateral political and diplomatic hand-wrenching was taking place for more reactor sales.
The erstwhile Manmohan Singhgovernment, some Congress party leaders and some officials of the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) together were hiding many perilous skeletons in the corrupt atomic energy closets.
PMANE has asked if the Modi government were to institute an inquiry and question a few individuals such as Dr. Manmohan Singh, V. Narayanaswami, Alexander Kadakin, Dr. M. R. Srinivasan, S. K. Jain, Kasinath Balaji and a few others who had something to do with the Koodankulam project, India would come to know many shocking facts and startling revelations.
PMANE also deplored that the political class in Tamil Nadu, especially the two big parties in the state, the DMK and theAIADMK, maintain a stoic silence about the Koodankulam project and the overall dangers the Tamil people face because of the benefits they may have obtained or for the fear of antagonizing the Delhi rulers and hurting themselves in all the ongoing corruption cases.
It expressed cocnern that most of the important political leaders, bureaucrats, technocrats, businessmen and everyone with some access to information and some knowledge of the decision-making processes in the power corridors in India know full well that the Koodankulam nuclear power project is not 100 per cent safe and sound. Many conscientious media leaders and presspersons also publicly acknowledge this. As a matter of fact, the Koodankulam project is believed to be extremely accident-prone and utterly unsafe.
PMANE said that the struggling fisherfolk, farmers, merchants, housewives and children, are completely helpless in this high power and big money game that the rich and famous and powerful play. Our nonviolent democratic peaceful protest continues and will persist until the Truth about the project is brought out someday soon.