One killed in clash at planned India nuclear plant site

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  1. pmaitra

    pmaitra Moderator Moderator

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    One killed in clash at planned India nuclear plant site

    18 April 2011 Last updated at 19:39 ET
    BBC News

    Plans for the six-reactor nuclear facility have met with fierce opposition

    One person has died after police in western India clashed with locals protesting against the planned construction of a nuclear power plant.

    Police said they were forced to open fire after protesters attacked a police station close to the proposed site in Jaitapur, in the state of Maharashtra.

    Construction of the $10bn (£6bn) plant - expected to be the biggest in the world - is due to begin this year.

    The proposal has sparked massive protests across the country.

    Residents in the area gathered near the proposed site, expressing anger at the plan, which they fear threatens their traditional fishing grounds.

    Madhukar Gaikwad, an official from the Ratnagiri district, said about 700 to 800 fisherman and villagers surrounded a local police station in the village of Nate and started to vandalise it.

    "The mob burnt down the records room, destroyed computers and a TV set and put a police van on fire.

    "We tried to disperse them by using tear-gas and cane-charge. We used plastic bullets as well, but nothing worked. Finally, we used live ammunition in which one person was injured who died on his way to the hospital," he said.

    More than 50 people were injured, including police officers.

    Protests have been mounting over the proposed 9,900 megawatt, six-reactor facility, which is being built with technical help from the French energy giant Areva.

    Environmental experts say that Konkan, the region in which Jaitapur lies, is one of the most biodiverse regions on earth - and claim it will be destroyed by the plant.

    Last December, the Indian magazine Outlook titled an article about the Jaitapur plant "The rape of Eden".

    Others have expressed concern that the facility is being built in a seismically-active area.

  3. ganesh177

    ganesh177 Regular Member

    May 18, 2009
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    Shiv sena is fuming all these protests.

    Its shame that the biggest nuclear power plant of india is stuck in local politics.

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