'Keep your money, stop project'
Villagers opposing the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant will continue their agitation against the project despite assurances of safety and revised compensation package announced by the government on Tuesday.mumbai Updated: Apr 27, 2011 01:41 IST
Villagers opposing the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant will continue their agitation against the project despite assurances of safety and revised compensation package announced by the government on Tuesday.
"When Germany and China have put their nuclear plant projects on hold, our prime minister wants to go ahead with it. He doesn't want to upset the US and France, but is willing to go against his people's wishes," said Pravin Gavankar, a resident of Madban where six light water reactors will be built. "At no cost will we allow Jaitapur to become another Fukushima."
Villagers are upset with Union environment minister Jairam Ramesh constantly flip-flopping over the issue. They also expressed anger as the government again spoke about increasing the compensation package.
"We don't want any money. We don't want the project," said Milind Desai, another resident. "Or better still the government should give Rs2 crore to every family and we will all move to Baramati (Sharad Pawar's home town) or Karad (chief minister Prithviraj Chavan's home) and let the government build the plant."
Referring to the nuclear accident at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, activist Vivek Monterio said, "Our nuclear energy establishment can't see the problem. The government is going forward with the project for political reasons and will have to pay the price."
"The government is so desperate to go ahead because of foreign pressures that they are not even willing to review it. Even South Korea and Taiwan have put their plans for nuclear plants on hold," said Neeraj Jain, convener, Lokayat, an NGO.