Centre asks Kudunkulam protesters to join talks

Written by fe Bureau | Chennai | Updated: Oct 16 2011, 09:11am hrs
As the anti-nuclear plant activists stepped up their agitation at Kudunkulam, the Centre on Saturday made an appeal to them help resolve the standoff by joining discussions on the issue. Terming as unfortunate the developments at the plant site which include blocking of scientists and employees from going to work at the unit, Union minister of state in PMO, V Narayanasamy urged them to come to the negotiating table.

My request is let us negotiate and discuss with an open mind and we are ready to remove apprehensions, he told media persons on Saturday. Reminding that the Prime Minister has decided to set up an expert committee to talk to the agitating locals on the issue, he said the peoples views will be taken into consideration.

The agitators had stepped up their protest against the project, staging a road block in front of the plant site on Thursday, preventing entry of workers and scientists into the complex.

Despite assurances from the Centre, they had resumed their protest, he said adding, The Centre was waiting for a signal from the Tamil Nadu government and would then constitute the expert committee.

Close to a hundred people have been fasting for the past six days as part of their renewed protest after meeting the PM in New Delhi on October 7. The activists were apparently upset that the PM had told Jayalalithaa that the states industrialisation would be impacted by the non-availability of electricity if the nuclear power project was scrapped.