Three days before Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visits the Tarapur Atomic Power Station, project-affected people (PAP) of the country's oldest nuclear plant raised various grievances regarding the promised rehabilitation, compensation, and employment, on Tuesday.
A memorandum will be sent to the Prime Minister’s office seeking his intervention.
According to villagers, the state government did not take into account the natural growth of 1,700 families being rehabilitated from the villages of Popharan and Akkarpati where Units 3 and 4 of the power plant have been constructed.
The rehabilitation work for these two units started in 1989. While the survey list of families to be resettled was prepared in 1994, villagers were rehabilitated only in 2006.
“During the interim period of 17 long years, many changes have occurred in the families,” said Virendra Patil, a local. “However, no cognisance of this natural growth was considered when house plots and houses were distributed and more than a hundred families have been denied these facilities.”
In the letter addressed to the Prime Minister, the project-affected villagers have demanded alternative house sites and houses for all those whose names appear in the 1994 survey, appointment of an independent engineer to survey house constructions, and provision of funds for repair work. Besides this, their demands also include provision of permanent employment for PAPs of Units 1,2,3 and 4 as well as provision of a rehabilitation site on the coast for the fishing community.
“The 210 workers of Unit 1 and Unit 2 who worked in the radiation zone have been removed from work. We want them to be reinstated at Units 3 and 4 or at the nuclear plant that will be constructed at Jaitapur,” said Ramakant Patil, a resident.