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Ministers meet PM to sort out the protest against Jaitapur issue
Garima Mohan | 27 Apr 2011

Today in Delhi the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Prithviraj Chavan met with PM Manmohan Singh and Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to sort out the protest and agitation at Jaitpur region by locals against the proposed Nuclear Power plant.

Due to the recent agitation of farmers of Jaitpur area of Konkan district, the Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan met Pm. Manmohan singh today, the minister for environment Shri Jairam Ramesh too was present at the time of the meeting,
In Jaitpur, which is in Konkan region of western India, India’s Nuclear Power Plant is supposed to come.
 
The locals have turned violent and are protesting against it after witnessing Japan’s Fukushima Nuclear plant leakage due to tsunami and earthquake forcing. This has forced them to rethink on nuclear safety which is a global concern now. The protest which started last week, turned violent after the death of one of the protester in police firing.
 
The state leaders have assured the locals that the further decision on this will be taken only after the discussion with the center. The Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan  today met Pm. Manmohan singh and Minister for Environment Jairam Ramesh.
 
Throughout the town one can see the slogans, messages written on the walls against this proposal. From last few years this grassroot campaign has gained momentum and now people are openly protesting against it. The residents feel the proposed 2 km pipeline will suck 5200 ltrs of water to cool the rods, will release the warm water to the sea which will affect the marine life. The locals feel the development plan is unnecessary imposed on them.  The residents of this area are supposed to get compensated but not all will be covered.
 
The main source of the income for these residents is export of Alphonso variety of mangos and cashew nuts. Fishing and plantation are the only employment opportunity here. The fishermen and the farmers feel that if the plant is built there then their livelihood will be lost which is their only source of income from many generations. Locals also fear after Japan’s Fukushima plant disaster that this region of Konkan which lies in the seismic zone has lot of similarities with Japan.
 
The land which was considered as unfertile land in government records is excellent for farming and a gold mine for cashew and Alphonso Mango plantation, also for prawn and fish export.