Putin not welcome to Koodankulam, says PMANE

Published: 24th December 2012 09:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 24th December 2012 09:49 AM   |  A+A-


The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) on Sunday raised objection to a proposed visit of Russian President Vladmir Putin to the country.

Putin was expected to reach India on Monday.

The Russian Ambassador to India has been interfering in the internal affairs of India by making unwanted statements and unacceptable comments on our energy policy, development policy, our national future and our citizens’ rights to protest against anti-national policies and projects, the PMANE said in a statement here.

“The Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project (KKNPP) too has suffered the same fate,” the statement read.  The Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) has been claiming that the delay in the commission of the KKNPP was mainly due to the non-sequential delivery of equipment and parts.

The Koodankulam plant, which was supposed to have been commissioned in 2005, has not been commissioned even by the end of 2012, the PMANE said.

“Despite the Russian government’s claims about the VVER-1000 reactors, there seem to be serious problems at the KKNPP,”  PMANE alleged.

“That is why the Russian government is trying so hard to wriggle out of any liability commitment. Hence, we are objecting to Putin’s visit to India,” PMANE added.


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