Anti- Kudankulam protests resume in Colombo

by Maheesha Mudugamuwa

 After a brief lull, protests against the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNPP) were revived both in India and Sri Lanka with a protest being held in Colombo yesterday (5).

Hundreds of anti-nuclear activists held an agitation in Colombo in front of the Indian High Commission, organized by the Greens4Chenge Environment Movement, urging India to stop the KKNPP project to protect the people and environment.

They accused the Sri Lankan government of turning a blind eye to radiation threats from KKNPP and urged the government to reveal the truth and install radiation monitors immediately. Recently, the Indian media reports said that the atomic power station had been leaking radiation since Feb. 27.

Discharge of water from the plant has also been a contentious issue, as protesters said that the Indian government had no means or knowledge of nuclear waste disposal.

The Indian government has said that safety features are in place but the anti-nuclear activists claim that a Fukushima-type disaster could not be ruled out. India’s position on the issue has been that power from the nuclear plant would help meeting the acute shortfall of electricity supply in the TamilNadu state.

Greens4chenge Environment Movement, convener, Prasad Manjula Ambalanyaya demanded that the Sri Lankan government install radiation monitors, as there were reports that Indian authorities had commenced loading of uranium into the tanks, which were said to be leaking.

He stressed that if India commissions the KKNPP, people of both India and Sri Lanka, representing fisher, agriculture and trade communities would have to face a great nuclear danger.

The International Atomic Energy Authority has already given Sri Lanka eight Remote Detector Stations as a nuclear disaster early warning system. But, environmentalists claimed that although the equipment had been delivered towards the middle of last year, they had not yet been installed.

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