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Jaitapur villages reject package

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MUMBAI: Villagers protesting against the Jaitapur nuclear power project are planning a jail bharo agitation from October 29 to demand the scrapping of the project.

They have also rejected the proposed enhanced compensation to be given by the government, saying they will fight the project till their last breath.

The State government and the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) signed an MOU last Saturday to enhance the compensation package for the project. A committee headed by the district collector of Ratnagiri will revise and finalise the amount of compensation for the farmers who have so far refused to accept the cheques from the government, which has acquired the land.

At a press conference on Wednesday, members of the Janahit Seva Samiti and other groups countered State Revenue Minister Narayan Rane's remarks as he announced the MOU, saying that the local people were for the project while it was the outsiders who were instigating the protests.

Several people from the four affected villages travelled to Mumbai to prove that this was far from the truth. Madban sarpanch Bhikaji Waghdare, saying that police were posted there all the time and prohibitory orders were imposed in the area, questioned whether this did not show that local people were involved in the protest.

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