Protesters set up tribunal over Jaitapur issue

Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 00:08

Mumbai: In order to address the grievances of
villagers of Jaitapur, the site for the proposed 9,900 MW
Nuclear Power project in Ratnagiri, a People`s Tribunal on the
Safety, Viability and Cost Efficiency of Nuclear Energy was on Monday set up by the protesters.

"The tribunal will be an independent body and see
participation of people from Jaitapur besides scientists,
experts and government officials," Justice (retd) BG
Kolse-Patil told reporters.

The tribunal will be headed by Justice (retd) AP Shah
of the Delhi High Court and Justice (retd) SD Pandit of the
Bombay High Court.

"The government alleges that we (protesters of the
Jaitapur project) do not co-operate with them on the issue.
But we know that we will not get justice and therefore we have
formed the tribunal," said Patil.

"Had the government formed the tribunal earlier, we
would have deposed before it. But since there is no democracy
in the state we will not get any justice."

Patil informed that the tribunal will record depositions
of experts, scientists, doctors and project-affected villagers
of Jaitapur from May 19 to 21 at St Xavier`s college in South
Mumbai.

Besides Jaitapur locals, those affected by nuclear
power projects in other parts of the country, will also depose
before the tribunal which will submit its report in two months
to the government.

Former Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) chairman,
A Gopalkrishnan alleged "Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj
Chavan, former chairman of Atomic Energy Commission Anil
Kakodkar and officials of French agency Areva had discussed
about the Jaitapur nuclear power plant issue at Prime
Minister`s Office 6 years ago."

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011 - 00:08

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