Public hearing today as Oppn gear up to take on Hooda govt

Terming the public meeting called on Tuesday at the site of the Gorakhpur nuclear plant a “farce”,Haryana Janhit Party chief Kuldeep Bishnoi on Monday said that as per rules,locals should be given the Environmental Impact Assessment report one month prior to such a public hearing. But this was not done by the Haryana government.

Written by MUKESH BHARDWAJ | Chandigarh | Published: July 17, 2012 3:15 am

Terming the public meeting called on Tuesday at the site of the Gorakhpur nuclear plant a “farce”,Haryana Janhit Party (HJC) chief Kuldeep Bishnoi on Monday said that as per rules,locals should be given the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report one month prior to such a public hearing. But this was not done by the Haryana government.

Bishnoi’s statement has further politicised the issue at a time when the Om Prakash Chautala-led INLD is already at loggerheads with the Haryana government over the setting up of the plant.

The government has called all major political parties to attend a public hearing on July 17 at Gorakhpur in Fatehabad district.

Authorities are now keeping their fingers crossed as feedback from the site has given indications that the meeting may turn into a political battlefield as the Opposition is gearing up to take the government to task.

As a pre-emptive measure for public safety,the government has issued instructions for villagers to deposit licensed weapons with the authorities.

“We are not against the plant,but we are against the fact that it will be set up on crop land and in a thickly populated area. It’s location should be changed,” said state BJP president Krishan Pal Gurjar,while confirming the party’s participation in the public hearing on Tuesday. The BJP delegation will be led by it’s former state president Ganeshi Lal.

The ruling Congress is likely to be represented by Sirsa MP Ashok Tanwar.

Plant need of the hour: Yadav

Haryana Power Minister Captain Ajay Singh Yadav on Monday ridiculed the Opposition parties for being against the Gorakhpur nuclear plant,by claiming that the same parties had supported the plant when they were in power.

Citing the letters written by former state chief ministers,Yadav said that a central committee had surveyed the site for the plant during Om Parkash Chautala’s tenure as the Haryana chief minister.

He added: “It appears that the present Opposition leaders had no interest in the development of the state and welfare of the people. They are not only opposing the government,but are also opposing the generation of power. Their basic aim is to create hindrances in development and tarnish the image of the government.” Yadav claimed that the setting up of the plant was the need of the hour,as resources like coal and gas were limited and Haryana has no hydel-power potential.

The 4×700 MW nuclear plant will be built at Gorakhpur by the National Power Corporation of India Ltd. It will be developed on 1,100 acres and will consume 50 tonnes of uranium annually at a cost of Rs 12,000 crore. The plant will be a green project with zero emission.

Will fight tooth and nail

Secretary general of INLD,Ajay Singh Chautala,said his party will oppose the plant tooth and nail at Tuesday’s meeting. “Under no circumstances will we let the government maul general opposition to the plant. We will not let the government prevail upon the innocent people of the area,” said Chautala,adding that the party will be represented by his younger brother Abhay Singh Chautala at the meeting.

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