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Over 4000 villagers at hearing on Chutka nuclear power project: but hearing cancelled!

india-antinukePublic hearing on MP’s Chukta nuclear power project cancelled 
 Led by Ramon Magsaysay award winner Dr Sandeep Pandey and others prominent activists of the state, locals of as many as 38 villages restricted Mandla district administration to organise a public hearing on controversial Chutka nuclear power project.

According to activists, more than 4,000 villagers reached the hearing site at Chutka and stalled the process before it could take place. “The public hearing meeting has been cancelled today,” said a government spokesperson but refused to give details on next schedule.

According to the protesters, agitation against the 1,400 MW Chutka nuclear power project (450 km east from Bhopal) was boiling up. They are likely to intensify agitation against land acquisition process launched by state government.
“Locals now understand that this project poses several health risks
and is not in their favour. As propagated by state authorities and
champions, nuclear power is no more a cheaper option. If it is why
United States has not come up with any new nuclear power project since
1979. After Fukushima disaster in 2011, most of the countries are now
exploring possibilities in renewable energy sources. Why India is
looking at nuclear option? Is it due to those private players of the
US that have entered some suspicious deals with India? This project
should not come up at any cost,” Pandey told Business Standard over

The NPCIL (Nuclear Power Corporation India Limited) plans to
commission the Chutka project in Chutka which falls under highly
seismic zone. Local administration launched a process to acquire land
by issuance of land acquisition notices to local people. Reportedly,
the administration has completed documentation formalities by ignoring
the fact that the site and affected people are tribal and come under
scheduled area, the protestors calimed.

Local people were protesting against the public hearing on Friday as
they had been slapped a NEERI (National Environmental Engineering
Research Institute) report which is beyond their analyzing abilities.
The hearing was called to invite claims, objections and suggestions on
the project. “We will now intensify our protest under Chutka Parmanu
Pradushan Sangharsh Samiti and would now stall land acquisition
process. When they have not obtained environment clearances how can
they acquire land?” said Sunil, another activist of Madhya Pradesh Jan
Sangharsh Morcha.


May 25, 2013 - Posted by | India, opposition to nuclear

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