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SIMA welcomes Koodankulam Power Project approval
Mar '12
Tamilnadu has been suffering due to acute power shortage for the last three years. One of the measures taken by the Government to mitigate the power shortage is to operate the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KNPP) which was to originally operationalise during 2009. Due to various technical reasons, the project got delayed.

Later when the project was ready to get commenced, unfortunately certain NGOs started protesting against the KNPP which is worth over Rs.35,000 crores and capable of producing 2000 MW clean and highly economical green power.

The Central Government has been taking various steps seeking support of the Tamilnadu government to commence the operations of KNPP. Under this scenario, the Cabinet Committee convened today by the Hon'ble Chief Minister took a decision to take necessary steps to commence the operation of KNPP at the earliest. All the industrial Associations including SIMA and the general public were pleading the Central and State governments to commence KNPP at the earliest.

In a press release, Mr. S. Dinakaran, Chairman, The Southern India Mills' Association (SIMA) has highly appreciated the decision and courageous initiative taken by the Hon'ble Chief Minister to commence the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant after making a detailed study with the experts committee constituted by the Government of Tamilnadu and also after analyzing various reports.

Mr. Dinakaran has thanked the Hon'ble Chief Minister for taking such a measure when the State is reeling under severe power shortage. He has stated that the textile industry being the largest consumer of Electricity Board would be largely benefited out of the project and the livelihood of several lakhs of people below the poverty line particularly rural women would be sustained.

SIMA Chief has also highly appreciated the allocation of Rs.500 crores for developing Koodankulam Village and providing various welfare facilities to the fishermen and people living in the Region. He has hoped that the Koodankulam village will become a model township in the global map soon.

Mr. Dinakaran has informed that the textile industry in Tamilnadu which provides direct jobs to over 50 lakh people, accounts 1/3rd of the textile size of the country and fetching Rs.50,000 crore annual foreign exchange would extend its support to the Hon'ble Chief Minister of Tamilnadu for the successful operation of the project.

Southern India Mills' Association

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