Tribals start ‘Fight to Finish’ against Chutka plant

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Oct 2017 10:36:58


By Ashish Rajput,

TRIBAL people have intensified their protest as ‘Fight to Finish’ against 1400 MWs Nuclear Power Station in Chutka. Agitation of Chutka Parmanu Sangharsh Samiti is not limited to re-displacement of tribal families in three villages as the protest got impetus with increasing participation of tribal families from 575 villages in Mandla and Seoni falling in Niwas and Lakhnadaun assembly constituencies. Protesters under the banner of Sangharsh Samiti are taking out 2-months-long ‘Jan-Chetna Yatra’ in 140 development blocks in Mandla and Seoni districts. The rally started on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti and will conclude with ‘Chetavani Yatra’ with participation of noted activities in the country on December 12.

Chutka Parmanu Sangharsh Samiti, Convenor, Rajkumar Sinha, while talking to ‘The Hitavada’ informed that massive participation of tribal people has boost-up protest against Chutka Nuclear Power Plant. The protest was started with displacement of tribal families which were already displaced during construction of Bargi Dam. Now, the protest has become intensive against threat to bio-diversity and coming generations due to nuclear radiation to be released from the plant. The protest will continue till termination of Chutka Project. The Government had taken out Narmada Seva Yatra to protect river Narmada but is overlooking threat of nuclear power station to the river, he added.

Sinha expressed disappointment that even after a long campaign the Government has not yet initiated any dialogue over the agitation. Developed countries are shutting down their nuclear power projects to avoid its threats but Indian Government is putting several lives at stake by continuing with the decision to establish the project. The Government is claiming to have surplus electricity in the State but is overlooking development of renewable energy resources. Chutka Parmanu Sangharsh Samiti Convenor said that they are not against development but it should not materialise at the cost of natural bio-diversity.

The Government has already occupied 41-acres land in three villages which can be utilised for renewable energy project. Authorities must consider establishment of alternative source of power generation instead of establishing a nuclear power project.