Cong seeks M'rashtra govt stand on N-project

In a politically significant development, Deputy Chairman of Maharashtra Legislative Council Vasant Davkare has directed the BJP-Shiv Sena government to clarify on the fate of the Jaitapur project in the coastal Konkan belt.

The Shiv Sena is vehemently opposed to the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) and has openly protested against it when the Congress-NCP Democratic Front government was in power.

Congress MLC Sanjay Dutt raised the issue through a matter of propriety in the Upper House. He was supported by Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Manikrao Thakre.

Dutt pointed out that recently Environment Minister Ramdas Kadam stated that his party would not allow the JNPP to come up and hence a clarification is needed in this regard.
Davkare asked the Devendra Fadnavis-led government to clarify before the end of the winter session of Maharashtra legislature, which is underway in Nagpur.

The proposed 9,900 MW nuclear park project is coming up at Jaitapur in Rajapur taluka of Ratnagiri district. Once complete, this would be the largest nuclear power project in the world – but it has seen stiff opposition by locals in the past and Shiv Sena has backed the locals.

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