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MP tribals oppose proposed nuke plant in Mandla, start series of protests

On Monday, Gandhi Jayanti, the protesters, under the aegis of Chutka Parmanu Sangarsh Samiti (CPSS), held a rally in one of the villages.

bhopal Updated: Oct 02, 2017 18:47 IST
Neeraj Santoshi
Protesters will hold a series of rallies and protests till the first week of December to oppose the project, which they say could endanger the lives of the people in case of a mishap or a radiation leak.
Protesters will hold a series of rallies and protests till the first week of December to oppose the project, which they say could endanger the lives of the people in case of a mishap or a radiation leak.(HT PHOTO)

Tribals and villagers in 575 villages in Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district are up in arms against the proposed nuclear power plant at Chutka.

On Monday, Gandhi Jayanti, the protesters, under the aegis of Chutka Parmanu Sangarsh Samiti (CPSS), held a rally in one of the villages.

CPSS will hold a series of rallies and protests till the first week of December to oppose the project, which they say could endanger the lives of the people in case of a mishap or a radiation leak.

In 2015, the state cabinet had approved allotment of 41 acres of land for the Chutka project. The 1,400 MW project is being set up by Nuclear Power Corporation of India in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh Power Generation Company.

About 400-600 families will be displaced by the project. In July this year, tribals refused to allow drilling for soil samples for the proposed nuclear power plant.

CPSS secretary Navrattan Dubey told HT said tribals in 575 villages were against the project. The protesters are mostly tribals from villages within 30 km perimeter of the nuclear power plant in Mandla, Jabalpur and Seoni districts.

“We are starting series of protest rallies from today in the 500-plus villages in the three districts. The rallies will continue till December,” he said.

Dubey said people of the four villages in Mandla district, predominantly tribals, have been protesting against the project since it was cleared by Centre in 2009.

“Most of the project-affected people are displaced by the Bargi Dam in 1984,” he said, adding that the gram sabhas of three of the four affected villages have given consent for the project.

“...the gram sabha of Kunda village has not given its approval. The government has also provided Rs 6 lakh compensation per family to nearly 600 families. The state government wants to rehabilitate us at Potla, 17-18 km from Chutka,” he said.