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Don’t oppose power projects: Pawar to Oppn

Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Ajit Pawar urged Opposition leaders not to protest against power projects in the state

Written by Express News Service | Nagpur |
December 11, 2010 3:58:00 am

Deputy Chief Minister and Energy Minister Ajit Pawar urged Opposition leaders not to protest against power projects in the state,referring to the opposition to the upcoming nuclear power plant at Jaitapur from various quarters.

The 9,900-MW nuclear power project in Ratnagiri district,for which a deal was signed recently between PM Manmohan Singh and French President Nicolas Sarkozy,is facing stiff opposition from farmers. Residents of Madban village are refusing to accept compensation for their acquired land,saying the project will damage the ecology of the region.

“Look at the need and usefulness of the project for the future. If anyone has decided to oppose it,then it is another thing; but my suggestion is that don’t oppose the project,” said Pawar,asking them to learn lessons from the Enron project.

Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai said his party was opposing the project as locals had voiced serious concerns about the project when a delegation of MLAs visited the spot after residents launched a violent protest last week. Desai said the government should not enforce the project on the locals and demanded a detailed discussion on the matter. The discussion on Jaitapur is likely to take place in the Assembly next week. In his reply to various energy concerns raised in the House,Pawar said,“When we have a proper discussion on the project,it might help in changing your mind and thereby change the opinion of villagers.”

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