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Pawar bats for Jaitapur plant, says it’s crucial

Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar was seen batting for the Jaitapur nuclear plant at the state legislative council on Monday. He said it is crucial if the state has to do away with power cuts till its deadline of 2012. The state has a total daily demand of 17,000 mega watts (MW) against the supply of 13,500 MW.

mumbai Updated: Mar 22, 2011 00:51 IST
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Deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar was seen batting for the Jaitapur nuclear plant at the state legislative council on Monday. He said it is crucial if the state has to do away with power cuts till its deadline of 2012. The state has a total daily demand of 17,000 mega watts (MW) against the supply of 13,500 MW.

“The project is necessary to achieve the target state, free of load shedding by 2012. Issues should be sorted out through discussions and compensation can be worked out. But this sort of extreme stand by the opposition is not acceptable,” Pawar said. Talking about the Centre’s stand on Jaitapur following the Japan nuclear disaster, Pawar said, “Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh has not asked us to halt the project.”

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan while replying to the state assembly on the governors debate also assured that the state government will not allow the plant to be set up if it proved unsafe for the local people. Chavan rejected claims that the plant will pose a great threat. “Jaitapur cannot be compared with Japan. The situation there and the technique used in running these plants after the tsunami struck created problems. In Jaitapur, the Nuclear Power Corporation of India has taken utmost care in selecting the site and the technology.”

Chavan maintained that the lack of basic infrastructure like power didn’t affect state’s industrial development. “We are still number one state in implementing projects. We are in a good financial position because the loans are within safe limits.”