Jaitapur: Locals heartened by CM`s visit

Many locals here are opposed to the nuclear plant. The Maharashtra Chief Minister said yesterday at a meeting in the area that he would visit the village soon to discuss the objections.

Last Updated: Feb 27, 2011, 14:25 PM IST

Sakhrinate: The fishing community
of the village Sakhrinate, 3 km from the 9900 mw Jaitapur
Nuclear power plant site, is heartened by the positive note
struck by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan during his meeting
in the area, but the concerns about the project still linger.

Many locals here are opposed to the nuclear plant. The
Maharashtra Chief Minister said yesterday at a meeting in the
area that he would visit the village soon to discuss the
objections.

Amjad Borkar, leader of the fishing community here, told
a news agency that there was still no clarity on how the villagers would
be compensated if the project affected fishing.

"We are a village of 7,000 people, dependent solely on
fishing. We have about 350 trawlers, small and big fishing
boats, and our women sell fish in nearby villages," he said.

The land owners of nearby Madban village would be getting
Rs 10 lakh per acre. "What about us?" he asked.

Borkar said though the village was not directly affected
by the project, the plant was very close to the area where
fishing takes place. "The creeks, from where our boats enter
the sea, are now being blocked for security reasons. What will
happen when the project comes up?" he said.

However, Borkar said that Chavan certainly struck a
positive note by agreeing to discuss all issues.

Borkar also said the main concern was whether the
project would affect the fish, as heated water would be
released into the sea, and government had not addressed this
issue.

PTI