Bavankule’s statement in the state legislature on Tuesday further isolated Shiv Sena which continues to oppose the Jaitapur project even after joining the government on December 5. Both the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party, who were in power for the past 15 years in the state, have been supportive of the project.
The government has already earmarked 2,000 hectares of land for the Jaitapur project, of which 938.026 hectares were acquired in 2010 and transferred to the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC). Bavakule claimed there has been no displacement of families living in the area. As per an understanding between the state government and NPC, a compensation of Rs 22.50 lakh per hectare will be provided to project affected persons (PAPs).
So far, of a total 2,335 PAPs, 1,721 have collected compensation money worth Rs 185.79 crore. Nuclear Power Corporation had already deposited a total of Rs 211.05 crore with the Ratnagiri district collector towards compensation.
AREVA’s chief commercial executive officer Tarik Choho had recently told Business Standard that the construction times and commissioning dates are country specific as they depend on a number of factors such as the availability of resources, the level of localization, the reactor site to be built, and the approval process of the domestic safety authority among others. AREVA is initially supplying two evolutionary pressurized reactors of 1,650 MW each to Nuclear Power Corporation for Jaitapur project.