Nuke projects serious threat to human life: Uddhav Thackeray

Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a clear indication of the threats that nuclear power plants bear on environment and human life.

Updated: Apr 27, 2011, 00:44 AM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena executive president
Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday said that devastation caused by the
earthquake and tsunami in Japan is a clear indication of the
threats that nuclear power plants bear on environment and
human life.

Talking to reporters here, Uddhav reiterated his
party`s strong opposition to the proposed 9900 MW Nuclear
Power project in Jaitapur in coastal Ratnagiri district.

"If the central government`s think tank still feels
that they should go ahead with Jaitapur, they should visit
Japan to assess the situation," he said.

Demanding that the project be shifted out of
Maharashtra, Uddhav said that "In any case, the state will get
only some portion of the electricity generated from there".

Even though the state will get a little share, the
Centre wants to set up the huge project here. This is nothing
but cheating. Maharashtra is capable of buying power from
other states, he said.

Meanwhile, the Left parties today held statewide
agitations to demand scrapping of the proposed Jaitapur
nuclear power plant.

The agitation is against the "the repression unleashed
by the government on the people of Jaitapur," said Prakash
Reddy, Mumbai city CPI secretary.

PTI