An impact assessment report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) on the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur in Ratnagiri district has said that the project will have a “huge negative impact on social and environment development”.
“The process of the project, the way it was initiated left the people totally unaware and there was not enough transparency maintained. People were most worried about the possible impact on their health, livelihood, fish and food, and they felt it would be affected,” states the report compiled by Mahesh Kamble, assistant professor at TISS’s Jamshetji Tata Centre for Disaster Management.
The TISS findings also suggest that the government subverted facts by labeling land, which is actually fertile agricultural land, as “barren”.
Kamble said his study was based on discussions with activists from Ratnagiri and others in the area. He prepared the report and has sent a copy to chief minister Prithviraj Chavan.
The report highlights the people’s demand for greater government transparency on the project and their concern over a nuclear power plant in an area that has been identified as earthquake Zone-IV. “People are concerned that the area is an earthquake prone zone and in the past 10 years they have had around 80 to 86 tremors in the area,” he added.
It indicates that the project – that requires 968 hectares land spread over five villages – will have a negative impact on social and environmental development of villages and the Konkan region.