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Nuclear Power Corporation dismisses reports of 10-fold increase in Jaitapur compensation package

From the DNA

March 4, 2011

Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) has said it will abide by any decision Maharashtra government takes on the quantum of rehabilitation package for the displaced persons at the proposed nuclear power plant site in Jaitapur in Konkan which is facing opposition from locals.

A senior NPCL official, however, dismissed as “speculation” media reports that there will be a 10-fold increase in the compensation amount for the land acquisition.

He said a committee appointed to go into additional compensation amount has submitted its final report to the state and NPCL will abide by whatever the Government decides.

The official said NPCIL chairman and managing director SK Jain’s recent announcement in Kolkata of “improving the rehabilitation package 10 times than the existing one” was misquoted.

“Jain spoke of a ten-time better package and not a 10-fold increase in the amount,” he clarified.

Chief minister Prithviraj Chavan is treating the mega power project as a priority and an announcement of final compensation amount was likely soon, the official said.

Chavan last week visited Jaitapur in coastal Ratnagiri district and assured “maximum” compensation for the displaced, mostly farmers.

The new package will be in two parts: cash and fixed deposit component. Other likely aspects include 20 years of annuity for loss of livelihood, house, a job to the eligible in each family and lifetime pension for senior citizens.

NPCIL is hoping to sign the final agreement for supply of two reactors for Jaitapur from French atomic major Areva soon. Areva will supply six reactors as per the general agreement reached in December.

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