New rehab package for Jaitapur N-plant displaced

Kolkata: The NPCIL has finalised a new Rs 650 crore rehabilitation package -- "10 times" more effective than the existing one -- for displaced persons at the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power in Maharastra in a bid to address the growing opposition to the project.

The package for land and home losers worked out by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) will be announced anyday, a top official said on Wednesday. The 6,000 MW plant is a Indo-French joint venture.

"We have improved the rehabilitation package 10 times the existing one. This would be announced any day," NPCIL chairman and managing director S K Jain said here on the sidelines of an event.

Despite possessing the land title for the project, the NPCIL was unable to get hold of the land.

The new package will offer among others a revised land price at Rs 5 lakh per acre, 20 years of annuity for loss of livelihood, house in a complex, job to the eligible for each family and lifetime pension for senior citizens for life for land and home losers.

The new package would cost for NPCIL an excess of Rs 650 crore, Jain said.

Jain said the NPCIL is hoping to sign the final agreement for supply of two reactors for Jaitapur from French atomic major Areva by March. Areva will supply six reactors as per the general agreement reached in December.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan last week visited Jaitapur in coastal Ratnagiri district and assured maximum compensation for the displaced persons.