Debate on the pros and cons of the troubled Jaitapur nuclear power project continued even as project-affected people sought answers to issues like rehabilitation.
Initiated by chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, the state government, on Tuesday, held an open discussion on the project at the Yashwantrao Chavan Centre. The debate was restricted to environment protection and technical issues.
Chavan told the audience he would take up the rehabilitation issue with the people and authorities in due course. “I will fight it out with the project promoters to ensure maximum compensation.”
It was clarified that the project would not require more than the acquired 938 hectares of land and no village would be displaced neither would the fishing business suffer.
Chavan said, “Some people are spreading rumours that the project will affect their health. No politician will allow any hazardous project here.”
Nuclear scientists, including Anil Kakodkar, from Nuclear Power Corporation of India, used scientific presentations to prove that earthquakes would not affect the 9900-MW project.
Director of Tata Memorial Hospital Dr Rajendra Badwe said radiation would not cause cancer. Associate director of Bhabha Atomic Centre Dr Shashikant Apte said the project would not harm biodiversity, crop pattern or horticulture.