Dear Dr. Srinivasan, please stop making irresponsible assurances about Koodankulam

In the wake of crippling electricity crisis in her state, the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister has written to the Prime Minister about commissioning the second unit of the Koodankulam nuclear power plant and ensuring that Unit-1 starts functioning smoothly. The former DAE Chairman Dr. M R Srinivasan has given a public assurance about the reactor staring on October 15th. Here s a rejoinder from Dr. S P Udayakumar, leader of the people’s movement in Koodankulam:

Dr. M.R. Srinivasan Knows It All

Dr. M. R. Srinivasan, a former DAE chief, has announced that power generation would start at KKNPP 1 on November 15, 2015. He has said that there are problems in the pumps and they are checking all of them. But why do the brand new pumps malfunction, Dr. Srinivasan? Who are the manufacturers of these pumps? How much public money did you spend on these pumps? Is there any warranty that you can avail?

We welcomed the CM’s letter saying that she was indirectly asking the same questions that we had been asking for a long time. We warned her against demanding power from the KKNPP units as they had shoddy parts and equipment. Instead she should ask for a white paper about what was going on and what was the real situation at Koodankulam.

Since the first units were not successful, she should not allow the construction of two more units there.For the kKNPP projects they have bought many parts from discredited companies such as Zio Podolsk and there have been a lot of irregularities at KKNPP. That’s why the steam generator, turbine and the pumps do not work. We have been saying this from the beginning. But the central govt, DAE have been keeping quiet. The TN govt that been silent so far has begun to speak now.

Dr. Srinivasan has also said that it is expe>cted that Unit -2 may start power generation from 2016 January. (Please note that it has been pushed further from “the end of 2015”.) The Nuclear Senior has also revealed that work on units 3 & 4 has already begun and power generation will happen when all the work is completed (That much we all know, right?)

Who is Dr. M. R. Srinivasan? Is he a central or state minister? Is he the Chief of NPCIL or the KKNPP? Has he been to Koodankulam in the recent months or weeks? How does he know that Unit-1 would start power generation from November 15th? Chief Minister Jayalalitha should ask the above questions to Dr. M. R. Srinivasan.

All these nuclear-wallahs are making fools out of us and all the political leaders in this country. Dr. M. R. Srinivasan was the one who chose the KKNPP site and did the Site Evaluation Study, which the NPCIL refuses to share with the public and, in fact, has obtained a stay order against the Central Information Commission’s ruling that it be shared with the people of India.

Dr. M. R. Srinivasan was part of the Iniyan Committee that Chief Minister Jayalalitha constituted in 2012 to study the perils and promises of the KKNPP. The Chief Minister should share that report with the people of Tamil Nadu so that we all will come to know the omissions and commissions (no pun intended) of people like Dr. M. R. Srinivasan!

Mother Nature Save India from these nuclear-wallahs!

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