Rane proposes Rs 10 lakh compensation for Jaitapur locals

Maharashtra Industries Minister Narayan Rane today proposed compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the families that would be affected by Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri district.

Mumbai: Maharashtra Industries Minister
Narayan Rane today proposed compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to
the families that would be affected by Jaitapur nuclear power
plant in Ratnagiri district.

"I have proposed Rs 10 lakh compensation (each) for
the Jaitapur plant-affected people. The compensation package
is yet to be finalised by the district collector and I am sure
the demand would be considered," Rane, who is also the
guardian minister for the district, told reporters here.

Initial compensation offered by the authorities was a
mere Rs 46,000, which was later increased to Rs 4.5 lakh, he
said.

Rane criticised Leftist parties and NGOs opposing the
project, questioning their motives.

"The Communists and NGOs have nothing to do with the
project, or the people there. They are just spreading rumours.
There could be some people or organisation behind this
opposition, who want to prevent development in Konkan."

As to Shiv Sena, his former party, Rane said its
opposition to the project lacked "intensity". In fact, Sena
leaders from Konkan, Suresh Prabhu and Anant Gite had helped
bring the project to Konkan, he claimed.

The government is planning to set up a fund of Rs 25
crore from which money would be annually disbursed to the
project-affected families in the area, he said.

Rane would visit Jaitapur on January 29.

About 938 hectares of land has been acquired for the
proposed nuclear power project and 550 families are affected.

PTI