Following similar attempts by its political rivals, the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) has asked its senior leaders to hear out the distressed project-affected people (PAP) of the Jaitapur nuclear power project.
MPCC president Manikrao Thakre said the party’s panel will visit Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district this weekend and interact with the locals.
“We will try to understand why the people are opposing it [the project],” Thakre told reporters on Friday. The panel will prepare a report based on findings and sent it to the Congress-led government.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has also set up a panel, led by former nuclear scientist Suresh Hawre, to study project. The party does not oppose the project but is more concerned about the satisfactory rehabilitation of the PAP.
BJP’s ally Shiv Sena is, however, opposed to the project tooth and nail.
“The committee, we expect, should take an unbiased view on the project and the MPCC committee should look at the real issues troubling the people. Rehabilitation is not the only issue here, people are concerned about their future,” said Uddhav Thackeray, Shiv Sena executive president.
Protests are growing louder after the Nuclear Power Corporation of India finalised deals for the 9,900 mega watt project with French nuclear designing firm, Areva, this month.
The MPCC has legislators Subhash Chavan, Rajan Teli and Alka Desai, and general secretaries Mahadeo Shelar, Rajan Bhosale and Nirmala Samant-Prabhawalkar on the panel.
Thakre said that the MPCC would facilitate between PAP and government. “We will ensure a good package for the people.”