‘No new N-projects unless safety issues addressed’

Prithviraj Chavan said there is doubt over safety of nuclear installations post Japan disaster.

Updated: Mar 21, 2011, 20:11 PM IST

Mumbai: Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan
on Monday said the state government would not accept any nuclear
power project in Maharashtra, including the proposed Jaitapur
plant, unless and until all safety issues were addressed.

Replying to a debate in the Assembly over motion of
thanks to Governor for his address to the joint Budget
Session, Chavan said a "question mark" has been put on the
safety issues related to nuclear installations in the wake of
the devastating quake and tsunami in Japan.

"There is a raging debate over this issue, not just in
India but the world over. In Maharashtra, the state government
will not accept any nuclear project including Jaitapur until
all safety issues are addressed," the CM said.

Chavan said the nuclear crisis in Japan was due to
tsunami and "not because of earthquake".

He said there has been a "deliberate" move to create
suspicion in the minds of the local people in Jaitapur about
the project.

"There should not be opposition just for the sake of

He said out of the total land acquired for the
Jaitapur project, only 27 per cent is agricultural land for
which adequate compensation has been proposed.

The CM also dismissed "apprehensions"
about harmful effect of the plant residue on the marine life
and horticulture.

"The state government is ready to discuss the
objections scientifically. There are 20 nuclear reactors in
India and many of them have faced earthquakes," he said.