Maha govt still backing Jaitapur N project: Chavan

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan today said the state government had not changed the stand on the proposed nuclear power project at Jaitapur in coastal Ratnagiri district which is facing opposition by locals.

"There is no change in the state government's stand on Jaitapur," Chavan replied when asked whether the state will have a rethink on Jaitapur as Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa recently wrote to the Prime Minister seeking a halt to the Koodankulam nuclear power project until safety issues there were addressed.

Apart from the local population, opposition Shiv Sena too is opposed to the project.

Talking to reporters here, Chavan also said he had met Union Transport Minister C P Joshi here this morning to discuss issues related to development of highways in the state.

"Expediting the four-laning of Mumbai-Goa national highway and constructing tunnels in the ghats, development of Pune and Nashik highways, giving status of national highways to the state highways, were some of the issues," he said.

The government had demanded more funds for repair of national highways passing through the state, he said.