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Maha govt still backing Jaitapur N project: Chavan

Last Updated: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:24

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister
Prithviraj Chavan today said the state government had not
changed the stand on the proposed nuclear power project at
Jaitapur in coastal Ratnagiri district which is facing
opposition by locals.

"There is no change in the state government`s stand on
Jaitapur," Chavan replied when asked whether the state will
have a rethink on Jaitapur as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister
J Jayalalithaa recently wrote to the Prime Minister seeking a
halt to the Koodankulam nuclear power project until safety
issues there were addressed.

Apart from the local population, opposition Shiv Sena too
is opposed to the project.

Talking to reporters here, Chavan also said he had met
Union Transport Minister C P Joshi here this morning to
discuss issues related to development of highways in the

"Expediting the four-laning of Mumbai-Goa national
highway and constructing tunnels in the ghats, development of
Pune and Nashik highways, giving status of national highways
to the state highways, were some of the issues," he said.

The government had demanded more funds for repair of
national highways passing through the state, he said.


First Published: Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 00:24

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