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Farmers to step up stir against Jaitapur plant


FPJ POLITICAL BUREAU Mumbai

The non- governmental organisation ( NGO), Indian Peoplesalt39 Tribunal started conducting a public hearing of the grievances of locals against the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant.

At the he

aring, the farmers expressed their strong opposition to the proposed power plant which they said is an outcome of the September 2008 Indo- French agreement.

The plant across five villages – Madban, Niweli, Mithgawane, Varilvada and Karel – will generate 10,000 megawatt of power. But a section of the community of scientists and the locals have raised objections citing environmental and safety concerns and farmers have not accepted the compensation for their land acquired for the project.

The farmers said that they will not fall for false promises of higher compensation and jobs to part with their valued land.

Shiv Sena which had earlier opposed such public hearing later softened to let the farmers express their opinions.

The Sena has maintained that such hearings would not serve any purpose and that the farmers should take to the streets to protest the nuclear power plant.

Earlier, the district collector had prohibited the NGO from holding the public hearing. However, the a division bench comprising Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Roshan Dalvi said the collector should let the organisation conduct an alt39 Open Housealt39 hearing from September at Meethgavhan in Ratnagiri district.

There is, however, a rider: the NGO has been restrained from using the word ” tribunal” in its banners or posters, since the word has an aura of a quasijudicial authority.

In March, the NGO had filed an application before the collector, seeking permission for the hearing.

The plea was rejected on the ground that the hearing might create a law and order problem.

The NGO then moved high court, which directed the authorities to reconsider the plea.

The collector rejected it again on August 17, citing various reasons including the forthcoming Navratri festival.

The state governments arguments, however, failed to convince the court.

THERE is, however, a rider: the NGO has been restrained from using the word ” tribunal” in its banners or posters, since the word has an aura of a quasijudicial authority.