Implying that the apprehensions of protesters against the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Plant in Maharashtra were unfounded, the Indian Government has said that it will go ahead with the project in collaboration with the French company Electricite De France (EDF), which will be the world’s largest nuclear power plant. There have been sporadic protests by a section of the locals against the nuclear power plant. Groups ideologically opposed to nuclear power have also protested against the project. “The protests have mainly been on account of issues related to Rehabilitation, apprehensions about safety of the plant and loss of traditional means of livelihood,” the Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh said in written reply to a question in Lok Sabha during the ongoing Monsoon session. “Nuclear power is clean and carbon free energy with huge potential that can provide the country long term energy security in a sustainable manner. Considering the huge and growing electricity demand of the country, nuclear power projects including Jaitapur will therefore be pursued,” Dr. Singh added.
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