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Discussion on future of Jaitapur nuclear power project

New Delhi , Tue, 26 Apr 2011 ANI

New Delhi, Apr 26 (ANI): Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan is meeting Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today to discuss the fate of the controversial Jaitapur nuclear power project.


The meeting being held at Dr. Singh 7 RCR residence assumes importance owing to the growing protests against the ambitious 9,900 MW nuclear power project.


Chavan is keen to get the Centre's view on it before finalising the future course of action.


On Monday, Chavan convened a meeting with senior officials and his Cabinet colleagues, including Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, Home Minister R R Patil and Industries Minister Narayan Rane to review the situation in Jaitapur.


The ambiguous stand adopted by Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh on the project was also a cause of concern for Maharashtra government baffled by the spate of agitations against the project.


The Jaitapur nuclear power complex is located in the ecologically sensitive coastal Maharashtra region, which includes Raigad, Sindhudurg and Ratnagiri districts.


Nuclear Power Corporation of India is building the 9900-megawatt power plant - said to be the world's largest - in collaboration with French nuclear designing firm Areva.


The Union Environment Ministry had last month given a conditional go-ahead to the plant. However, it is facing staunch opposition from the locals who fear environmental degradation in the fragile Konkan area. (ANI)


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