Published on
by
Common Dreams

Widely Opposed Nuclear Plant Moves Forward in India

While opponents fear Fukushima-like disaster, Judge says "larger public interest should prevail over the minor inconveniences that may be caused to the people."

by
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

India's Supreme Court gave the OK on Monday for a hotly-contested nuclear plant in the state of Tamil Nadu to move towards operation, sparking opponents to vow to continue their fight.

The court ruled the Kudankulam Atomic Plant "is safe and secure and it is necessary for larger public interest," dismissing a petition over safety concerns at the plant.

According to The Hindu, "Justice Dipak Misra said that the larger public interest should prevail over the minor inconveniences that may be caused to the people."

Opponents fear "the minor inconveniences" could be a Fukushima-like disaster.

The Wall Street Journal reports that environmental activists and local residents have been fighting the plant since it was first commissioned 25 years ago, and that the protests grew after 2011 when Japan's Fukushima disaster began.

Further, "Opponents of the plant say that it is located in an area which was badly affected by the 2004 Asian tsunami" BBC News adds

"The court has let down the people of this country. The Kudankulam Atomic Plant is not an example of sustainable development, rather symbolises disastrous development," said SP Udhayakumar, founder of the People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE).

"The Supreme Court judgement is unjust," M Pushparayan, also part of PMANE, said following the decision.

But his group is not giving up the fight, saying, "We will talk to our supporters and soon chalk out a plan of action."

__________________________

This is the world we live in. This is the world we cover.

Because of people like you, another world is possible. There are many battles to be won, but we will battle them together—all of us. Common Dreams is not your normal news site. We don't survive on clicks. We don't want advertising dollars. We want the world to be a better place. But we can't do it alone. It doesn't work that way. We need you. If you can help today—because every gift of every size matters—please do. Without Your Support We Simply Don't Exist.

Share This Article

More in: