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NPCIL to pay more compensation for Jaitapur project
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Monday, 10 Jan 2011
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Dr SK Jain CMD of NPCIL said that the Nuclear Power Corporation of India is willing to give additional compensation to the people affected by the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

Interacting with the media at the Tarapur nuclear power plant, Dr Jain said that a high powered committee of the Maharashtra government is looking at the compensation package, which has been offered to the project affected people at Jaitapur and if the committee enhances the compensation then NPCIL will pay it.

Drawing a parallel to the rehabilitation process at Tarapur plant, Dr Jain said that the estimated compensation at the time of acquiring land at Tarapur was INR 10 crore but eventually it ballooned to INR 88 crore, but still NPCIL paid all the money.

He said that of the total 938 hectares required for the plant, over 65% is barren land and not a single house is located. He added that the barren land is ancestral land of the locals of Jaitapur and over 40% of the title holders of the land are not traceable.

On being asked by the media, about the concerns raised on the safely of Areva reactors by some European nuclear sector regulators, Dr Jain said that in France about 60 plants have been fitted with Areva reactors and they are running without any incident. Similarly, China is buying 16 reactors and their designs from Areva.

NPCIL has been holding negotiations with farmers since 2005 at Jaitapur in Konkan to acquire 938 hectares for setting up a 10,000 MW nuclear park with the help of reactors from France's Areva. NPCIL has managed to acquire tracts of land, but some local residents are not willing to part with their land, even as others seek higher compensation.

(Sourced from BL)

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