Thiruvananthapuram/Tirunelveli, Oct 29 (ANI): Activists numbering in hundreds took to the streets and intensified their stir against the Kudankulam nuclear power project by forming human chains on Monday.
The Kudankulam nuclear power plant will become operational soon.
Talking to reporters at a protest rally in Thiruvananthapuram, General Secretary of the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), T J Chandrachoodan said that the plant could have an adverse impact on the environment.
"This must be stopped, it must be prevented. Nuclear plant can be established only with the consent, full knowledge and also with the consent of all people concerned in the area and also the major political parties," said Chandrachoodan.
Further he said that most developing nations have withdrawn nuclear projects, whereas India is embarking on such projects.
"Out of 205 nations almost all nations in the world, only 31 nations produce nuclear energy and we have already joined them but we are embarking upon on six projects at a time when all the developing nations are slowly but steadily shutting down their nuclear facilities because it causes immense loss to life with diseases like cancer and blood cancer," added Chandrachoodan.
The villagers of Kudankulam, hit by tsunami in 2004, say their government is gambling with their lives by commissioning one of Asia's first new nuclear reactors since the 2011 Fukushima disaster in Japan.
Meanwhile, anti-nuke activists staged human chain protest by standing in the seawaters off the plant in Tirunelveli district of Tamil Nadu.
They voiced their ire over government's apathy in addressing the dangers posed by nuclear plants.
The protestors pledged to intensify the agitation if the work at the plant is not stalled at once.
"We along with some 100 organisations and parties have started a protest to stall the assembly affairs of the Tamil Nadu government, around 20,000 people from all over the state are here to carry on this protest," said leader of people's movement against nuclear energy, S P Udayakumar.
"I hope that the government understands the sentiments of the people and takes appropriate action about this and peace prevails," added Udayakumar.
Protest against the power plant has boiled over the past year, while nuclear fuel has already been loaded in the plant.(ANI)