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HC to state: Pay Rs 25 lakh to people affected by nuke plant

The state government has been directed to pay Rs 25 lakh compensation for rent paid by about 163 project-affected persons (PAP) of the Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant within three weeks.

mumbai Updated: Aug 26, 2011 01:16 IST
HT Correspondent

The state government has been directed to pay Rs 25 lakh compensation for rent paid by about 163 project-affected persons (PAP) of the Tarapur Nuclear Power Plant within three weeks.

The Bombay high court, on Thursday, was hearing a petition filed by a group of villagers alleging that the government and the Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCL) had not kept the promises made to them at the time of rehabilitation.

During the last hearing, the court had come down heavily on the state government for not providing water to PAPs. Assistant government pleader Nitin Deshpande had assured the court that connection would be given up to a common point within eight weeks.

On Thursday, the case was concerning compensation for the rent paid by the PAPs between their period of relocation and allotment of new tenements by the state government.

According to Deshpande, the villagers were evicted from the project site in 2006 and were given accommodation between February and March 2007.

He told the court that the responsibility of compensating the PAPs was of the nuclear power plant since the project was undertaken by the Centre.

Division bench of justice Ranjana Desai and justice RG Ketkar, however, directed the government to pay the compensation till the issue was decided.

According to NPCL counsel Rajiv Kumar, they had already paid Rs485 lakh towards rent compensation.