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1,500 villagers held for Jaitapur protest

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Times of India

December 5, 2010

MUMBAI: The police on Saturday arrested over 1,500 villagers for protesting against the proposed nuclear power plant at Jaitapur.

The protest coincided with the visit of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is set to ink the deal to supply uranium and reactor units to the 9,900 MW nuclear power plant. The project has already got a nod from the ministry of environment and forests (MoEF). While granting the nod, the MoEF had imposed 35 stringent environmental conditions for the plant to become operational.

The protesters included environmentalists, villagers and farmers who do not want to give away their land for the mega project in the coastal Ratnagiri district.

Scores of protesters, were arrested at Madban, around 12 km from Jaitapur. “Leaders of voluntary groups Konkan Bachao Andolan and Janahit Seva Samiti, which were spearheading the agitation, were also arrested,” said Pradeep Indulkar, a local environmental activist.

Meanwhile, Mumbai also witnessed a protest by a coalition of trade unions and NGOs against the environment clearance given to the project. Six reactors with a capacity of 1,650 MW each are slated to come up in Madban. The first unit is expected to become operational by 2018.

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