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N-plant: Jaitapur villagers to continue protest

People affected by the proposed Nuclear power plant project at Jaitapur village in Ratnagiri district today said they would continue their agitation.



Mumbai: People affected by the proposed
Nuclear power plant project at Jaitapur village in Ratnagiri
district today said they would continue their agitation
against it and refused compensation offered for their land,
even if it was as per prevailing market rate.

This was their reaction to the reply given in the state
Assembly recently by Maharashtra Energy and Water Resources
Minister Ajit Pawar on the issue.

He was asked if villagers affected by the proposed 10,000
megawatt Nuclear power plant will be compensated in accordance
to the current land prices and if jobs would also be offered.

"Who has told Ajit Pawar that we need more money for our
land or even jobs? We do not. We do not want the Nuclear
plant on our land," said Premanand Tiwarkar, who owns land in
Madban, which is poised to house six European Pressurised
Water reactors.

"Even the 600 objections that were recorded at the Public
Hearing do not mention about our objections on the
compensation amount," he said.

They also questioned the basis on which he Nuclear Power
Corporation of India Limited acquired the entire 938 hectare
land across five villages early this year.

Villagers were offered Rs 2.86 per square foot. Except
seven villagers, none of the 700-odd families have accepted
compensation cheques.

NPCIL has said the entire amount meant for the land was
given to Maharashtra government.

PTI

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