Sena asks govt to shift Jaitapur power project elsewhere

Shiv Sena asked the govt to shift the proposed nuclear power project at Jaitapur in Maharashtra`s Ratnagiri district elsewhere.

Last Updated: Dec 19, 2010, 18:31 PM IST

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Sunday asked the government
to shift the proposed nuclear power project at Jaitapur in
Maharashtra`s Ratnagiri district elsewhere, saying the party
was not in favour of development at the cost of locals.

"Sena opposes the project because locals do not want it.
We do not want development at the expense of local residents.
The government should shift the project elsewhere," Sena`s
Executive President Uddhav Thackeray told reporters after
meeting a delegation of residents of villages surrounding the
proposed project site.

Thackeray announced that he would soon visit Jaitapur to
make an on-the-spot assessment of the situation.

The Sena leader said that though the government was
promising increased compensation to people to be affected by
the project, locals did not want any compensation, as they
were not ready to let go of their lands in the first place.

"Congress government is imposing the project upon
locals," he alleged.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India is building the 9900
MW power project in collaboration with French nuclear
designing firm Areva.

However, the plant is facing staunch opposition from the
locals who fear environmental degradation in the fragile
Konkan area.

PTI