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KKNPP : Anti-nuclear activists try to block Tuticorin port

Tuticorin, Sep 22 (): Anti-nuclear activists of the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant on Saturday continued with their protest shouting slogans demanding  the Central as well as State government to stop loading of fuel  at KKNPP.

A total of three thousand fisher-folk attempted to block the way where ships move into the port in about five-hundred computerized and country-made boats. They were stopped by the Coast Guard and CISF personnel, said the authorities.

When stopped by the authorities they remained in the sea shouting against the loading of fuel, which has started since Wednesday. However, port activities were not disrupted by the anti-nuclear activists, said the port authorities.

A large number of activists on Friday staged a demonstration by forming a human chain in and around the Tuticorin town disrupting  traffic after the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) gave its final verdict permitting the loading of fuel in the primary component of the Indo-Russian dual project on Tuesday.

Nearly a thousand fishing boats were blocked entry into the main Tuticorin harbour that were at a distance of sixty miles from the nuclear power plant. The fisher folk who have been protesting for the past four-hundred days have not lost their confidence and willpower particularly women were strong in their decision to stop loading fuel which has a fear of destroying their occupation after getting commissioned.

Avoiding arrest with a non-bailable warrant, the  key man behind the  agitation  S P Udayakumar has announced to protest and cause disruption in the Central government offices  in Tamil Nadu  on Sep 25.

The State Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa who was against the nuclear power plant in the beginning changed her mind after expert committees declared the plant to be safe. Following the Fukushima disaster, the KKNPP is the first nuclear plant to be at a finishing stage and is being intensely noticed by the international community how India is going to resolve with the growing conflict to the project.