No impact on nuke prog if WB site does not take off: DEA
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Last Updated: Friday, July 16, 2010, 22:20
Kolkata: The Department of Atomic Energy on Friday said there would be no impact on the national nuclear energy programme even if Haripur in West Bengal, one of the five sites selected for the project, does not take off due to an agitation against land acquisition there.

"I am hopeful that nuclear power project will happen in West Bengal. But if it does not, there will be no impact as there are several other sites on the coastal belt including Orissa and Andhra Pradesh," DEA Secretary Srikumar Banerjee, who was on a visit to the city, said.

Banerjee said government would go ahead with 10 indigenously developed reactors of 700 MW in other states like Harayana, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

He said if all went well it would take another 18 months to complete the geo-environmental studies after which land acquisition would begin. Haripur would require 650 acre.

"From ground breaking date it will take a maximum of six years to commission the plant," Banerjee said.

Haripur villagers have been protesting since last September against a 10,000-mw nuclear power plant on their land on the ground that if the plant will displace at least 25,000 families.

Earlier, Banerjee met West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and explained the benefits and protection taken for nuclear power sites.


First Published: Friday, July 16, 2010, 22:20

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