PMANE Opposes the American Nuclear Plant at Mithi Virdi, Gujarat


People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy – TRANSCEND Media Service

February 21, 2013

The People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) vehemently opposes the American nuclear power park that is being set up at Mithi Virdi, Gujarat. The American reactor vendor Westinghouse signed a memorandum of understanding with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) in 2012 to construct six AP1000 units at the site.

The people of Mithi Virdi, Jaspara, Mandva, Khadarpar and other neighboring villages are opposing the project and in the past they forced the survey engineers to leave the project site. However, NPCIL is planning a public hearing on March 5, 2013 at Ghogha taluka’s Navagam (nana) in Bhavnagar district. We request everyone to attend this public hearing and express their support to the struggling local people. They may record their opposition to the project by submitting a formal letter signed individually with his/her name, full postal address and signature. The protest leaders should keep copies of all these letters as the public hearing organizing authorities hide public opposition when they file their final report.

Some of us in PMANE have already visited Mithi Virdi and the nearby villages and participated in public meetings against the planned nuclear power park. Some members of the PMANE Expert Team who have been helping us with the Koodankulam struggle are ready and willing to offer their expertise to the Bhavnagar people in opposing the American project on scientific basis. We request the local activists to get in touch with us if they are interested in having our input in their struggle against the American annihilation plant.

The PMANE appeals to the Government of India and the State Government of Gujarat to put the interests of Indian citizens ahead of foreign governments’ and their MNC’s interests. Let us not think and act like colonized slaves but behave like independent leaders and find alternative solutions for our energy needs.

The Struggle Committee
People’s Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE)
Idinthakarai 627 104
Tirunelveli District

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