New Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday said he would reach out to local people opposing the proposed nuclear power plant in Jaitapur and ensure that they get proper compensation.
"You cannot take resettlement for granted. The project-affected people must be duly compensated," Chavan said replying to questions on the protests against the Jaitapur plan in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra.
Chavan said the state government along with officials of the Department of Atomic Energy and popular leaders like Narayan Rane will lead an initiative to convince the people of the region on the necessity of the project.
"I will personally reach out to the people to convince them on the necessity of the project that will bring an investment of over rupees one lakh crore in the region," he said at the India International Trade Fair here.
Chavan said it would be his endeavour to ensure that investments in trade reach the remotest parts of the state.
He announced special sops and quick clearances for businessmen making investments in rural areas of the state.
"We have to limit the migration by ensuring investments in rural parts of the state. From now on, the focus would be on creating jobs in rural and other backward parts of the state," Chavan said.
He also inaugurated the Maharashtra Pavilion at the IITF.
There has been opposition from farmers and local villagers to building the nuclear power plant on their farmland in Jaitpur.
The proposed project, to be built by French firm Areva, will have six units of 1,650 MW each and is the first to be signed after lifting of the embargo on India on participating in global nuclear commerce.