STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE PEOPLE IN KUDANKULAM, PROTESTING AGAINST THE NUCLEAR REACTOR (KKNPP)
CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA RELEASES STATEMENT IN SOLIDARITY WITH THE 'HUNGER FAST' IN KUDANKULAM AGAINST KKNPP
NUKE NOT KOODAMKULAM
The ‘Church of South India, on behalf of more than 4 Million people of the Church of South India expresses her deep solidarity with the people who are engaged in an intense struggle in the Kudankulam district of Tamil Nadu in India against the nuclear power project.
We, realize that proper rules were not followed in the construction of the Reactor, in a place where the population density is too high.
We fear that the reactor effluents would kill the fish and further, that the other life inside the sea would be affected by the water discharged from the nuclear reactor into the Bay of Bengal. In fact, the area around the Kudankulam reactor, being home to a lot of small scale fishermen, we are afraid that their life and livelihood would be affected.
We also express our concern over the huge radioactive accumulations at the plant site which could become the principal causes of environmental and health hazards. It is a known fact that the nuclear radio-active waste, are in fact an almost inextinguishable fire which contaminate the layer of the earth and living organisms, radiating energy in the forms of radiation and heat.
We strongly denounce the move to set up the N-park in Kudankulam, which in fact is a tsunami-prone and quake-prone area.
We join with the struggling communities in Idinthakarai and Kudankulam areas (and also in Jaitapur, Maharashtra) to whose livelihood, the Indo-Russian project, is incompatible.
We demand that the Central and State Governments should hold a democratic and transparent national consultation on nuclear power projects in the country with proper assessment of economic, environmental and human cost of such expansion.
It is a known fact that nuclear power has a bleak future, globally and therefore India must stop chasing the nuclear power mirage and drop Kudankulam and of course, Jaitapur too. It is true that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, but let us not forget that energy can destroy us. Are we gearing up toward another Chernobyl or Fukushima?
In Solidarity courtesy-Rev.Viji verghese Eapen
THE CHURCH OF SOUTH INDIA