The Bombay high court on Thursday expressed displeasure over the lackadaisical approach of the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) towards the rehabilitation of 1,260 families displaced by Tarapur nuclear power plant.
"We will not tolerate such a situation," the division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice Ranjit More told the NPCIL lawyer, adding, "You have taken the land of the villagers, set up a power plant and now do not want to provide them amenities."
The court was hearing a petition filed by Tarapur Anushakti Prakalp Pidit Janata Samiti, a body representing families displaced for expansion of the nuclear power plant, seeking proper rehabilitation of the displaced families.
The counsel for the body, advocate Rajiv Patil, and BJP leader Ram Naik, who has intervened in the matter, pointed out that the villagers are living a slum-like life in their rehabilitation tenements. Naik said the Centre has brought into force a new rehabilitation policy, which was not being implemented in the case of the displaced families.
Patil informed the court that there was no proper electricity or water supply to the tenements and since 2005, the displaced families are living a destitute life in absence of any local authority like a village panchayat.
The court directed the state government, which is looking after the rehabilitation of the displaced families, to furnish exact status of the rehabilitation.