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To: Jitendra Singh, Minister of State, Department of Atomic Energy
Call for immediate investigation of Kakrapar nuclear accident
As a citizen of India, I am calling for an immediate independent investigation into:
1- The reason for the accident at Kakrapar Nuclear plant near Surat
2- The handling of the situation by the operator of the plant as well as the nuclear regulator.
3- And for immediate examination of all other similar plants that may be at risk.
Why is this important?
I am one of the 2 million people living in Surat and I live approximately 80km away from the Kakrapar nuclear plant, which recently suffered an accident that lead to leakage of heavy water and subsequently triggered an emergency situation.
An accident and radioactive leak would pose a serious threat to over 2 million people that live in Surat as well as close to a million that live within the 30km radius of the plant. I have reasons to believe that the accident is more serious than it is made out to be and I have a right to know what is going on at the Kakrapar nuclear plant.
Majority of us might not be experts or nuclear scientist, but we are people living in the area around this plant. We depend on experts for information and explanation more than just empty assurances. The information that we’ve been asking from the operator and the regulator has yet not been disclosed.
We asked IMPORTANT questions about the radiation levels in a 20km radius of the plant, about the quantum/amount of heavy water that has leaked, about whether the leak has been identified. First we were ignored, then we were told ‘It’s not a safety concern’. If that is true, why not simply disclose this information and put our fears to rest?
Given the current situation, I would request Mr. Jitendra Singh to order an independent investigation of the Kakrapar nuclear accident and the handling of the situation. This will ensure that it is not repeated again.
Like the Kakrapar nuclear reactor, there are eight other reactors of similar design in India, which also happen to be older than 20 years. Over 4 million people live within the 30km radius of these reactors. The problems that are true for Kakrapar reactor might also be true for these reactors. And hence as a precautionary step, they need to be examined too. Failure to do so might put 4 million lives at risk.