The government was asked to take more interest in issues concerning important developments such as atomic power projects when it comes to safety concerns.
“If the government is not vigilant, all important projects will come to a grinding halt,” a division bench of justice DD Sinha and justice VK Tahilramani of the Bombay high court said.
The observation came in response to a public interest litigation filed by activist and president of Rashtriya Brashtachar Virodhi anshakti, Hemant Patil, raising concern over the safety of the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant project initiated by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd along with a French company AREVA.
The court asked the state to refrain from filing casual replies as these issues need a lot of research.
Patil has sought the court’s direction for calling the entire records concerning the project.
Patil’s advocate Ramachandra Kachave has urged the court to appoint an independent panel and a court commissioner to investigate the effects on villagers.
Kachave also sought court’s direction to restrain NPCIL from establishing the proposed power project. The court has adjourned the hearing for a week after assistant government pleader Jyoti Pawar said that she will convey the court’s concern to the state authorities.