New Delhi: Amid reports of a moratorium on
projects in Maharashtra`s Ratnagiri district, the Nuclear
Power Corporation has said that its ambitious plan to build
mega atomic power plants in the region was not put on hold.
"Jaitapur project is not a part of this stay," a Nuclear
Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) spokesman said.
The NPCIL, along with French company Areva, is setting up
two nuclear power plants of 1,650 MW each at Jaitapur in
Ratnagiri district. The Jaitapur project entails building a
total of six nuclear power plants.
The NPCIL official said that the public hearing for the
project was held on May 16 this year.
A recent notification issued by the Ministry of
Environment and Forests has imposed a four-month moratorium on
new projects in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts from August
16 to December 16.
The NPCIL official said that the Jaitapur nuclear project
in Ratnagiri does not come under this moratorium.
The Jaitapur project is being developed as part of the
civil nuclear agreement India had signed with France after the
Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) agreed to allow India to take
part in international nuclear commerce.