Maha committed to set up Jaitapur nuclear power project: Guv

Maharashtra Government is committed to set up India`s largest nuclear power project a Jaitapur and address apprehensions of the local population, Governor K Sankaranarayanan said on Monday.

Updated: Mar 15, 2011, 00:25 AM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Government is committed
to set up India`s largest nuclear power project a Jaitapur
and address apprehensions of the local population, Governor K
Sankaranarayanan said on Monday.

"The government will facilitate the implementation of
India`s largest nuclear power project at Jaitapur and will
address apprehensions of the local population," he said in his
address to the joint sitting of the State Legislature on the
first day of the Budget Session on Monday.

He also asserted that the state government will take up
issues related to adequate supply of cheap fuel for power
plants with the Central government.

The Governor said energy was a fundamental requirement
for rapid economic development. "Various steps have been taken
to reduce losses and control peak loads to make Maharashtra
free from load-shedding by 2012.

"Mahagenco has commissioned thermal power projects at
Paras and Parli and will commission the power project at
Khaperkheda very soon. Power projects at Bhusawal, Chandrapur
and Koradi are also under implementation," he said.

As soon as he began his speech, Shiv Sena MLC Diwakar
Raote stood up and appealed to him to deliver his address in
Marathi.

When Sankaranarayanan started speaking in English, Raote
said he wanted to register his protest and squatted on the
aisle of the central hall where the Governor was delivering
his address.

He was joined by rest of the Sena members including group
leader in the Legislative Assembly Subhash Desai.

PTI