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Compensation for Jaitapur an exception, not a rule: Dy CM

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Clara Lewis in Times of India
Feb 24, 2011

MUMBAI: The Rs 10 lakh per acre compensation offered for the 10,000 MW Jaitapur nuclear power project is an exception rather than the rule, said Ajit Pawar, deputy chief minister who also holds the energy portfolio.

Pawar said the government announced the Rs 10 lakh compensation to project affected persons as it was a central government sponsored project. “The state cannot afford to pay such an amount as compensation for every project,” he said. It is one of several nuclear power projects being undertaken in a thin strip of coast of Raigad, Ratnagiri and Sindhdurga districts. The total power generation capacity estimated is 33,000 MW.

The energy minister said the project was a catalyst to attract other power projects to the state. The project is expected to generate electricity five to six years after commencement of construction. The cost of electricity from this project is estimated to be less than Rs 4 kilowatt hour.

Despite the huge compensation offered, local opposition to the nuclear power project continues. Nearly 2,355 villages are affected by the project. Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is likely to visit Jaitapur on February 26. To garner support amongst elected representatives the state government has organized a lecture by Anil Kakodkar, former chairman, Atomic Energy Commission to garner support for the project.

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