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Reconsider Gorakhpur n-plant: V K Singh appeals to Hooda govt

Says no safety precaution can check harmful radiations from plant

Says no safety precaution can check harmful radiations from plant

Installation of nuclear plants on fertile land was “unjustified and unreasonable” and their harmful radiations cannot be checked in spite of best efforts,former Army Chief V K Singh said on Tuesday.

Singh,who alongwith former IAS officer M G Devasahayam,visited the site of the proposed nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in the district,said,“The government should reconsider the proposal to install the plant at a land surrounded by thickly populated place.”

Joining a ‘dharna’ of farmers agitating against the plant,Singh said that “the government and engineers may take any measure of precautions for the safety of the people,but the harmful radiation in the air cannot be checked.”

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Coming in strong support of the locals,who have been agitating for the past two years against the project,he said that life of about 1,500 farmers are being “ruined” due to the proposed project and the country may face a food crisis in the coming years.

“Every farmer here generates labour work for five or six persons. If the government continues to acquire land like this,the country will face food crisis of 1960s again and also add to the problem of unemployment,” he said.

Stating that the developed countries are winding up the nuclear plants,Singh said,“Instead of nuclear plants,the country needs improvement in power distribution system to avoid line losses.”

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Responding to question about his opinion towards Anna Hazare’s ongoing stir,he said,“We will support the issues which are in the interest of the country.”

To a question whether he would join politics in future,he said,“The people have to think about it,I am a “Fauji” (soldier). I will never look back (if people wish that he should join politics).”

Meanwhile,Devasahayam also opposed the setting up of nuclear plant saying,“It is a way towards destruction,not development.”.

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Opposition INLD has also been strongly opposing the setting up of the nuclear power plant,citing safety aspect and farmers’ protest.

The state government,meanwhile,has been maintaining that nuclear power energy is the need of the hour to meet growing power demands and has sought to assure the people on the safety aspect.

So far,a compensation amount of Rs 153 crore has been given to 286 farmers after the announcement of award for land acquisition for setting up of the nuclear power plant.

First published on: 01-08-2012 at 02:35:03 am
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