Kerala film makers raise alarm against Koodankulam Nuclear plant
Filmmakers who met at the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2012, condemned the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project. They include filmmaker Pryadashan, Chairman Of Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, chief guest and film maker from Bulgaria Adela Peeva.
ABOUT 120 film makers, camerapersons, editor, technicians, film lovers and other concerned sections are much alarmed about the impact of the Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Plant on the lives of people in Kerala. They expressed shock over the recent reliable news on the breach of contract of the Intergovernmental Agreement between India
and Russia by installing a VVER reactor that has accident risks as well as an impact on more than 15,000 sq kms of densely populated area with over 30 million people. Can anyone assure us of the safety of people living in Kerala, they asked.
They are all who met at the 5th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala 2012 – condemned Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant Project. They include filmmaker Pryadashan, Chairman Of Kerala State Chalachithra Academy, chief guest and film maker from Bulgaria Adela Peeva, Kerala State Chalachithra Academy deputy director Beena Paul Venugopal, Jury Chairperson Azhagappan, Jury members Kalpana Sharma, Gitanjali Rao, Anjana rao and Former Chairman of the Academy K R Mohan.
They said that they are aware of the radiation risks that continuous and constant exposure can have on the health of not only humans, but also livestock, agricultural produce and marine resources such as shell fish and fish. In a state like Kerala so dependant on neighboring Tamil Nadu, who can give word that our food will not be contaminated, they asked.
They said that they were all anxious about the lives and safety of the villagers in and around the Nuclear Power Plant who have not been provided minimum security or access to any kind of measures that will control the exposure levels. They expressed their strong concern about the life and rights of this whole region.
They said that the authorities should take note of their strong concern about the impacts of radiation and demand an immediate stoppage of the commissioning of the Koodamkulam Nuclear Power Plant. They also reiterated their concern by stating that there is enough expertise and knowledge in the country that can be put together to evolve ways to generate electricity and achieve progress that will not jeopardize the lives of human beings and nature.