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Jaitapur power plant: Panel to finalise farmers’ compensation

October 17, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Hindu Businessline

Maharashtra signs pact with NPCIL for rehabilitation.

October 17, 2010

A Maharashtra Government committee led by the Collector of Ratnagiri would be constituted for finalising the compensation package for farmers who will have to give up their lands for the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

This was announced by the Maharashtra Revenue Minister, Mr Narayan Rane, on the occasion of signing a memorandum of understanding with Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. The MoU is on the rehabilitation package for the people affected by the upcoming plant. NPCIL wants to set up a 10,000 MW nuclear park at Jaitapur, spread over 938 hectares, in four villages. The project would require an investment of about Rs 1,00,000 crore spread over 15 years.

Compensation package

The committee, in which the village sarpanch is also a member, has been given powers to revise the compensation package. The revised package would be subject to approval by Mr Rane. “We won’t allow exploitation of farmers; they will get value for their land according to market rates. I will personally monitor the process,” Mr Rane said. The local farmers are in favour of the project. Whatever happens, the project will go ahead, Mr Rane said.

The Maharashtra Principal Secretary (Relief and Rehabilitation), Mr J.S. Saharia, said the compensation package was about Rs 2 crore for each of the affected villages, with a recurring expenditure of Rs 25 lakh/ annum for a village. Permanent job for the farmers’ kin or Rs 5 lakh compensation, plus an additional amount equivalent to 375-750 days of agricultural wages for lifetime will compensate for the loss of livelihood, he said.

The Chairman and Managing Director of NPCIL, Dr S.K. Jain, said that the plant would be safe and economical. He also reiterated that the company is not under any duress to buy the evolutionary pressurised reactors from Areva company of France. Purchase of reactors from Areva is under consideration with the Department of Atomic Energy for the Jaitapur plant.

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