Protest against Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant by Lokayat, on 17 March 2010
March 19, 2010 62 Comments
Dharana outside Collector Office in Pune
in support of Ratnagiri RALLY
by KONKAN VINASHKARI PRAKALP VIRODHI SAMITI
against the destructive nuclear and thermal power projects in Konkan region
Lokayat, in association with Pune Jilla Molkarin Sangathana, Shramik Mahila Morcha, Pandav Nagar Mitra Manda, Pimpri-Chinchwad Municipal Corporation Employees Union, organised a PROTEST DHARANA today, on March 17, outside the Collector Office in Pune from 9 am to 11 am. The photographs of the dharana are attached.
The dharana was in support of the ongoing agitation by the people of Konkan against the destructive Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant and the more than a dozen thermal power projects and mining projects coming up along the Konkan coast in Ratnagiri and Sindhdurg districts. The people of Konkan have got together under the banner of KONKAN VINASHKARI PRAKALP VIRODHI SAMITI and have organised a massive rally today afternoon (March 17) in Ratnagiri city against these destructive projects. Today’s dharana in Pune was in support of their agitation.
Neeraj Jain and Alka Joshi of Lokayat, Medha Thatte of Pune Jilha Molkarin Sangathana, B. J. Kerkar of LIC Retired Insurance Employees Union were among the many who spoke at the dharana which was attended by nearly 100 people. The volunteers distributed pamphlets, sang songs, gave slogans against nuclear energy and the nuclear liability bill being pushed through in Parliament by the government in deference to the wishes of US Corporations. At the end of the dharana, representatives from the various participating sangathanas gave a memorandum to the collector to be forwarded to the Chief Minister of Maharashtra demanding that:
1. All giant nuclear projects, which cause radiation hazards and the problem of nuclear waste, be immediately banned.
2. Immediately stop the land acquisition process for these projects.
3. Thermal power projects are proposed along the Konkan coast at Shahpur, Bhopan, Dhopave, Jaigad, Ranpar, Pavas, Mungne and Dhakare, and more are in the process of being sanctioned. These power projects are aimed at giving huge profits to private power companies, destroying the livelihoods of the fishermen, farmers and workers of Konkan. All these projects which are going to destroy the livelihoods of the Konkan people and devastate the forest wealth, fisheries wealth, horticulture and agriculture of Konkan should be immediately scrapped.
4. The mining projects being proposed in Ratnagiri and Sindhdurg districts, which are going to destroy the livelihoods of the local people and pollute the environment, should be immediately scrapped.
5. The cases filed against the people agitating against these destructive projects should be immediately withdrawn. Do not obstruct or attack the democratic right of the people to express their opposition to these projects.
6. Declare the districts of Ratnagiri and Sindhdurg as ecologically sensitive areas and green zones. The government should take immediate steps for the sustainable development of these regions and setting up of industries and creation of employment in the Konkan region in an environmentally friendly way which protects and preserves the immense environmental wealth of this beautiful region.
7. Implement measures to increase the electricity supply through measures like: increasing electricity prices for large commercial users so that they take measures to conserve electricity; asking large commercial users like shopping malls and hoardings to stop using electricity from the grid and shifting to using solar electricity and other forms of renewable energy; giving incentives to small consumers to implement electricity conservation measures, using more efficient instruments and using renewable energy like solar water heaters; taking measures to stop the pilferage of electricity; etc.
8. The Maharashtra government should prepare and make public a white paper on private power projects, outlining their purpose and their impacts on the displacement of people and the environment.