No need to press panic button on Jaitapur: Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday said there was no need to press the panic button on the Jaitapur nuclear power project in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Updated: Apr 08, 2011, 23:39 PM IST

Mumbai: Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister
Ajit Pawar on Friday said there was no need to press the panic
button on the Jaitapur nuclear power project in the wake of
the nuclear crisis in Japan.

Replying to a debate on the budgetary demands of Power
Department, Pawar, who is in charge of the portfolio, said in
the Legislative assembly that technology was evolving and the
Union government was taking all precautions to avoid mishaps.

The investment in Jaitapur is to the tune of Rs one lakh
crore.

Pawar said that first phase of 1650 mw will be completed
in 2018, and the entire Jaitapur project will be completed by
2030.

He said that tsunami, which even in worst case can not
reach above 35 feet, would not hit the Jaitapur project as the
site was above 70 feet from sea level.

After the Japan earthquake and tsunami, coal prices world
over had seen a steep increase, he said. "We cannot depend on
one source of energy and have to tap nuclear, hydro, gas,
thermal, wind and solar (sources). The demand for electricity
is growing by eight per cent every year in the state," he
said.

Pawar said this year the government had decided to invest
Rs 6,035 crore to upgrade Paras, Parli, Bhuswal, Khaparkheda,
Chandrapur and other power plants.

In 2009-10, the state had got 1,000 mw additional
electricity which included 970 mw from Ratnagiri gas and power
project, while in 2010-11, the power generation increased by
908 mw.

In 2011-12, till December, 3480 mw electricity would be
added to the power generation capacity, Pawar said.

PTI