Chennai, Oct 14 (): Once again workers numbering 1000 were blocked by protestors from entering Kudankulam nuke plant and only 25 staff members needed to maintain essential services were escorted by police to the plant. The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), with the help of Prithviraj Chavan, has opened a channel with the Church that is backing the agitation.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has managed to get a church leader from Mumbai to New Delhi for talks. Having tackled similar protests in Jaitapur, Chavan is using his expertise with the current Minister of State in PMO,V Narayanasamy. However, the Central government is hopeful that once the local body elections are over, the protests will taper down and it will be possible to open a dialogue channel with the local population and make them see reason. The Centre also seems to be banking on the belief that the Tamil Nadu government will be finally compelled to ensure that the project, which is crucial for the state’s power situation and industrial growth, is not stalled.
NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) has asked state police to provide escort to workers coming to work in the plant. Tamil Nadu government has asked for time to fulfill it but NTPC points out that it is not possible to go for a total shutdown like any factory and restart it. Centre is of the opinion that post civic polls, there could be a change in the attitude of AIADMK.