Fear of catastrophe should not hinder Jaitapur project: Pawar

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Sharad Pawar
Mumbai, May 5: Criticising staunch opposition to the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power project, Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar today (May 5) said that development activities cannot be stopped in fear of natural calamities.

"One has to see how to overcome natural calamities. It is wrong to stop forces of development. We have not stopped construction of houses because of earthquakes. Lakhs of homes were destroyed in Latur earthquake. We rebuilt many more. We have the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Mumbai and the Tarapore nuclear plant nearby," Pawar told reporters here.

When asked what would he suggest to ensure the project implementation is not stopped, the NCP president said Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan knows the nitty-gritties of the Jaitapur nuclear project since the time he was a minister in the Prime Minister's office (PMO).

"Maharashtra needs electricity to improve its industrial growth. Those who criticise load shedding should not oppose steps taken to improve power generation. We have to construct power plants whether they are nuclear, gas based, hydro or coal," he felt.

Replying to a question on Shiv Sena's opposition to the project, Pawar said he had no idea why the saffron party was against the nuclear plant. "Perhaps, they have a different ideology," he said.

Without naming Sena chief Bal Thackeray and his son Uddhav, Pawar said, "I don't meet my senior friend these days and I don't talk to kids on such issues."

Responding to a question on whether he felt that the Sena leadership's stand on the project was ''childish'', Pawar , without naming Uddhav Thackeray, said, "how can you call him childish. Even his son is now in politics," he said.


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