(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
November 03, 2013
JAITAPUR NUCLEAR PROJECT
Japanese PM Urged to Shun Nuclear Ties
On October 21, 2013,
the Jaitapur Anuveej Prakalpvirodhi Abhiyan, an
organisation fighting against
the Jaitapur nuclear power project in Maharashtra, made
the following representation
to the prime minister and the members of the National Diet
behalf of the people of Konkan, the citizens of the state of
Two and a half years later this disaster has reached epic proportions. It is slated to be a permanent Level 3 nuclear disaster. The radiation release from nuclear fuel, which has breached containment, is continuing uncontrollably and indefinitely into ground water and surrounding ocean. The hazard is from both the reactors as well as the spent fuel accumulations. 300,000 tonnes of radioactive water has accumulated in tanks at the site, with hundreds of tonnes being added daily. On October 9, seven tonnes of this highly radioactive water leaked into the open ground exposing several workers to high radiation dose. The previous week 430 litres of highly radioactive water spilled out of storage tank and flowed into the sea. In August 2013, a Level 3 nuclear accident occurred, with 300 tonnes of highly radioactive water leaking from a tank.
The huge accumulation of radioactive materials in the form of spent fuel in the spent fuel storage pool of stricken and structurally unstable Unit 4 pose a risk and hazard not only to Fukushima and its surroundings, but to the whole of Japan, and indeed the whole world.
Japanese people understand the severity of the crisis and have
demanded that all nuclear power plants be closed. We welcomed
the prudent and
courageous decision of the Japanese government to close down
all nuclear power
plants, despite the dependence of your nation on nuclear power
for 30 percent
of its electricity. The Japanese government of your
predecessor arrived at the
progressive policy decision, like the German Bundestag, of
hazardous nuclear power as demanded by the people of
sympathise with the pain of tens of thousands of nuclear
fishermen and others, from the surrounding areas who have been
their livelihoods and are uncertain about the possibility of
returning to their
homes. Our sympathies are with all these Japanese brothers and
children. We believe that
the 20th century,
the wishes of the Indian people, despite
express our deep concern for the impact of
Japanese government under your honourable leadership is now
negotiations with the government of
We would like to draw your kind attention to the fact that if your government gets into bilateral nuclear trade agreements with the government of India, it would become party to violation of human rights of Indian citizens who are opposed to nuclear power.
We wish to convey to you emphatically that the people of India strongly oppose any nuclear trade between Japan and India. On the other hand we welcome the technological cooperation and in other areas like transport, telecommunications, electronics, optics etc. Honda, Toyota, Sony, Docomo, Canon and Nikon are respected brand names in India. We are sure that your government would not wish to jeopardise the goodwill and the growing cooperation and business in these areas, by pursuing an unsustainable nuclear trade against the wishes of the Indian people, which is doomed to failure in the face of growing opposition of the people.
Hence, the honourable prime minister of Japan, we, the Indian people, request you to shun such agreements on nuclear trade with the government of India.
If our request goes unheeded, then please be cautioned that we would be forced to step up national and international pressure against this policy of your government and build public opinion in both our countries as well as all over the world against the double standards it represents.
The representation was signed by Dr Vivek Monteiro, Adwait Pednekar, Prakash Reddy, Arun Velaskar and Madhu Mohite on behalf of the Konkan Bachao Samiti and by Shyam Sunder Narvekar on behalf of the Jan Hit Sewa Samiti.