To stem the dissent among villagers, the state government and Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited, on Saturday, doled out a fresh package for project-affected families opposing the proposed Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in Ratnagiri district.
Apart from rehabilitation measures, the compensation amount for the land will also be revised. According to the agreement, the corporation will spend Rs 2 crore to build amenities such as schools and hospitals in each of the four villages. This would be followed by an annual maintenance of Rs 25 lakh that will be increased by 10 per cent every three years.
Depending on vacancies, one person per family will be employed as auxiliary staff. Those not interested will get a one-time payment of Rs 5 lakh.
A committee headed by the collector comprising village heads and NPCIL officials will decide on new rates for land compensation. The prevailing market price ranges from Rs 58,000 to Rs 6,36,000 per hectare.
“I am sure villagers will agree if they get good rates. The opposition (to the plant) is being fuelled by outsiders,” revenue minister Narayan Rane said.
The plant, among the largest in the world, will house six European light water reactors imported from France-based Areva and poised to generate 10,000 mega watts by 2032. If successful, the model will be replicated in Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.
But Pravin Gavankar, Madban resident, is not impressed. “We never asked for the amount to be increased. From land owners, we will be reduced to labourers. We just don’t want the plant,” he said.