Vaiko, the General Secretary of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), has asked the people of Kerala and Tamil Nadu to protest against the India-based Neutrino project, which is about to function in Theni district.
Claiming it would cause more harm to Idukki district, Vaiko said that it would cause air pollution, which would affect the agriculturists. He said, “Agricultural lands would be acquired to lay roads into the project venue and to dump waste material. The area would be deeply affected as they had to dig two huge tunnels by breaking the hill.”
Meanwhile, mentioning the Mullaperiyar dam issue, he said that it is not the dam but the Indian Neutrino Observatory (INO) that will turn to be a real threat for the people in the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. He urged the people in both states as well as the political parties to fight against the project.
Vaiko said Pottipuram, the place where project is upcoming, is the last choice of the Union government after the sites in the Nilgiris, Kerala, Assam and Himalayas were given up.
He has also claimed that seismic vibrations caused by blasting of rocks to create a tunnel for the INO would cause damage to the dams in a circumference of 70 km and Idukki district would be the worst hit.
Alleging that the Modi government was conspiring to destroy the natural resources of Tamil Nadu through a series of projects, he said it is the responsibility of the Tamil Nadu government to stop the project.
The Centre has given permission to launch a project, Neutrino Club, for experiments in high energy physics and India was about to join the project.
The underground project will comprise a complex of caverns, the main cavern, which will house the current detector will be 130 meters long, 26 meters wide and 30 meter high. There will be two smaller caverns to be used for setting up experiments for neutrino double detector and dark matters.