I am taking the unusual step of sending this direct request because I believe that the announcement by the PMO on the 25th anniversary of Chernobyl, to continue with the proposed French-built nuclear power park at Jaitapur is a serious mistake with long term implications for our people.
Along with several others I participated in the “Tarapur to Jaitapur” Yatra (march) in Maharashtra, to protest against the proposed nuclear plant in Jaitapur. We did not reach Jaitapur because many of us were detained/arrested for participating in this peaceful protest.
It is well known that the Jaitapur nuclear plant is on an earthquake-prone zone  and the French EPR reactors have not yet been tested anywhere in the world. Surprisingly the government has rejected the demands to cancel the project, which will result in the loss of land and livelihoods for many. Further, the government has shown disregard for the views of the many scientists, academics, military and other citizens from the rest of the country calling for a review of its earlier decisions on nuclear power plants.
Apart from announcing the creation of an independent regulatory board to ensure safety standards, the government has taken no action on the widespread demand for a complete fresh review of nuclear energy policy in the country. We need to tell Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that he cannot ignore serious concerns raised by the people of this country. You should send a fax to the PM asking him to stop the Jaitapur nuclear plant.
Add your signature to the message and we will fax it to the PM for you. 73,000 petition signatures opposing this plant have already been delivered to the PM. Now a large number of faxes asking him to stop the plant will make it difficult for him ignore the demand.
Safe and clean renewable energy options and energy efficiency can help meet our energy demands, all of which are available and at a much lower cost than nuclear. The government needs to invest in these instead of dangerous nuclear energy. Tell the PM to stop this dangerous plant now!
Thank you for taking action!
Admiral L. Ramdas,
Former Chief of Naval Staff,
1. Jaitapur plant to go ahead with greater compensation, Times of India, April 27, 2011
2. Tarapur-to-Jaitapur march against n-plant planned, DNA, April 11, 2011
3. Activists of anti-nuclear plant yatra detained, The Hindu, April 24, 2011
4. 20 years, 92 quakes: Ground trembles beneath Jaitapur's feet, Times of India, March 16, 2011
5. Why should Jaitapur be made a guinea pig for untested reactors, DNA, March 17, 2011
6. Anti-nuclear protesters march in Indian capital, news.yahoo.com, March 25, 2011
7. Energy Revolution, Greenpeace, March 23, 2009
Greenpeace provides an alternate energy vision for India, Greenpeace, March 24, 2009
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