Maha CM to host `open house` on Jaitapur N-project on Jan 18

With the ambitious Jaitapur atomic power project getting mired in a controversy, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said he has called an `open house` on the subject on January 18 to clear doubts on the issue.

Last Updated: Jan 09, 2011, 22:12 PM IST

New Delhi: With the ambitious Jaitapur atomic
power project getting mired in a controversy, Maharashtra
Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said he has called an
`open house` on the subject on January 18 to clear doubts on
the issue.

"I have called a meeting of all MLAs, Leaders of the
Opposition, top scientists from Department of Atomic Energy
(DAE), green activists, social scientists from the Tata
Institute of Social Sciences on January 18," he told reporters
here.

The Chief Minister said the meeting, to be held at the
Yashwantrao Chavan Auditorium in Mumbai, would be his attempt
to clear all doubts related to the 9900 MW nuclear power
project being developed by the DAE in collaboration with
French company Areva.

Social scientists have raised a red flag on the project
contending that it would lead to massive displacement of the
local population.

Chavan said it would be his earnest effort to ensure that
the locals get maximum compensation during the land
acquisition process.

Spread over 900 hectares, the Jaitapur project is
expected to affect lives of more than 2,500 villagers.

Being the first nuclear power project after the lifting
of the global nuclear trade embargo against India, the
government is leaving no stone unturned to make it a success,
and the Chief Minister is said to be personally keen to see it
through.

PTI