Maharashtra: Sena Leads Opposition Walkout N-Plant

Maharashtra: Sena Leads Opposition Walkout N-Plant
Shiv Sena members today led an Opposition walkout in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly over "imposition" of nuclear power plant in Jaitapur in the Konkan belt of the state.

Opposition benches accused the government of imposing the nuclear power plant against the will of the people and thereby risking the lives of human beings and fisheries.

Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Eknath Khadse and Shiv Sena leader Subhash Desai, while opposing the Jaitapur plant along with others, said it was coming up on a seismic zone and major accidents in such plants have been reported in the past in Russia.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan defended the location and setting up of the nuclear plant in Jaitapur saying all safegaurds regarding the power plant would be taken and there would be no cause of worry.

In today's technical and technological advancement, the plant will be safe to provide clean environment friendly and pollution free energy, he said.

Chavan said the Nuclear Power Corporation of India will be executing the installation and operation of the plant and adequate compensation would be paid to farmers whose land will be acquired by the government.

Rs 15 crore has been earmarked for compensation, he said.

Desai and others insisted that when the water used by the power plant is released back to sea, it will raise the water temperature by five degrees and aquatic life would be threatened.

Industries and Ports Minister Narayan Rane had a dig at the Sena-BJP saying that the coalition which had wanted to "dump the Enron power project in the Arabian sea" during its rule in the state was opposing developmental activities now.

Not satisfied with the replies on Jaitapur, Sena decided to stage a walkout. Confusion prevailed for sometime but soon other opposition members too joined the walkout.
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