Ramesh presses `pause` button on Jaitapur N-plant
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 23:38
Ludhiana: Maintaining that concern over Jaitpur nuclear plant in Maharashtra was genuine after the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on Saturday suggested a "pause" for the project till a transparent atomic policy is formulated.

He said the Jaitapur plant can be put on hold till various issues are sorted out.

"We cannot abandon the project. But I am neither pleading reversal or fast progression as a pause is the best option till a transparent nuclear policy is formulated", Ramesh told reporters here adding "I have conveyed my sentiments to Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh".

He said "we should not have any secret atomic policy".

Ramesh, who was here to lay the foundation stone of a bio-remediation project for cleaning of the Budha Nulla, said he was against use of bullet on demonstrators in Jaitapur.

"In a democratic set-up, the law maintaining agencies must learn to settle the issue amicably", he said adding the state government must not fire on the protestors.

One person was killed in police firing on anti-nuclear plant protesters in Jaitapur early this week.


First Published: Saturday, April 23, 2011, 23:38

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