Activists raise concerns over Jaitapur N-project with Ramesh

A delegation of activists protesting against the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra today conveyed their grievances to Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.

Last Updated: Jun 09, 2010, 23:42 PM IST

New Delhi: A delegation of activists protesting
against the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur in
Maharashtra today conveyed their grievances to Environment
Minister Jairam Ramesh.

The delegation comprising activists from Konkan Bachao
Samiti, Indian School of Social Sciences, Yusuf Meherally
Centre, all based in Maharashtra, met Ramesh here and raised
concerns regarding the short term and long term hazards of
nuclear waste generated by the project.

The Minister is understood to have assured them that their
concerns would be addressed in a serious, fair, transparent
and democratic manner before according clearance to the
project.

India has allocated the Jaitapur site in Ratnagiri district
of Maharashtra to French company Areva to set up two nuclear
power plants under the Indo-French Civil Nuclear agreement.

The activists expressed concern over the manner in which
National Environmental Engineering Research Institute handled
the Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and also pointed out
the absence of a cumulative EIA of multiple projects proposed
on the Konkan coast.

Ramesh is understood to have assured the delegation that an
opportunity will be given to them to appear before the Expert
Appraisal Committee, in the presence of representatives of
government departments concerned with the project.

PTI