The protests demanding closure of Koodankulam Nuclear Power Project (KKNPP) have intensified in recent days, with people from Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi and Kanyakumari districts coming together for the agitation.
Around 10,000 villagers from 13 coastal villages staged a fast at Idinthakarai on Tuesday, demanding immediate closure of the plant.
The people there feel that the material used for the construction of the plant are of very poor quality and that compromises the safety and security of the people.
Villagers from Koodankulam, Idinthakarai, Kootapuli, Periyathalai, Manapad, Levinjipuram, Kooduthalai, Vijayapathy, Uvari, Kootapanai, Perumanal, Kaamaneri, Kurinkikulam, participated in the protest.
A three-day fast was staged at Koodankulam in August. Apart from the fast, around 5,000 country boat fishermen stayed away from sea and students of these villages boycotted classes also.
Shops were also closed in Koodankulam and Idinthakarai villages and black flags were hoisted to show their opposition. Four villages in Tirunelveli district and one in Thoothukudi passed a resolution demanding immediate closure of KKNPP, during the Gram Sabha meetings.
One of the members of the leaders of the struggle, Dr S.P Udayakumar, commented that “Instead of being like a caring mother or father with a ready ear for our fears and concerns, the government behaves like a thug with iron fists and treats us as some kind of unwanted and anti-social elements. It is indeed a shame”.
Lok Raj Sangathan has been actively supporting this struggle. Tamil Nadu LRS leader, Shri Saravana Muthuvel, participated in the fast undertaken by the villagers and expressed the complete support of the organization for the struggle.