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Ramesh presses `pause` button on Jaitapur N-plant

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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