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Indian political party demands stop on all new nuclear projects

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

New Delhi, April 21, IRNA -- The Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) on Thursday demanded an immediate stop on all new nuclear projects, saying it was 'elementary' for the government to pay heed to public protests against such plants after the Fukushima disaster.

'Work on all new nuclear plants should be stopped immediately,' CPI(M) General Secretary Prakash Karat told a press conference at Kolkata, capital city of West Bengal state, according to pti.

The CPI(M), he said, had raised objections to the Jaitapur nuclear project in Maharashtra, India's largest nuclear power plant where farmers are agitating, even before the Fukushima disaster.

'The technology being provided for Jaitapur by the French company is not tested. Besides, Jaitapur is in a seismic zone. Many scientists have already demanded a stop to the project. After the Fukushima disaster, it is elementary for the government to pay heed to public opinion,' he said.

Asked whether he also wanted a halt in the proposed Haripur n-power project in West Bengal, Karat said he wanted all such new projects to be stopped 'without exception.'

Menwhile, Executive Director of the Nuclear Energy Corporation of India, K B Dixit two days ago claimed that all the nine nuclear plants in India are safe and the country will never face Japan-like situation as there is a lot of geographical difference between the two countries.

He said that the main earthquake belt of Indian territory comprised the north-east area and the upper areas of the Himalayas.

'Since most of the nuclear plants are about 900 to 1,300 kms away from this earthquake belt, these are fully safe,' he said at Panchkula in Haryana state.

Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 30350084

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