Malafide protests against Jaitapur will not be tolerated: Narayan Rane

January 21st, 2011 - 10:43 pm ICT by IANS  

Uddhav Thackeray Ratnagiri (Maharashtra), Jan 21 (IANS) Agitations with malafide intentions against the Jaitapur Nuclear Power Project (JNPP) will not be tolerated, Maharashtra Industry Minister Narayan Rane warned Friday.Addressing a meeting of Congress party workers here, Rane said the state government had given a hearing to the protestors this week and sought their views and suggestions to the proposed project coming up with French collaboration.

“You have protested and we listened to you. But if you come here with wrong intentions, we shall not tolerate it and allow you to spoil the situation,” Rane declared.

Rane was referring to the open house hosted by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to discuss the 9,900 MW JNPP coming up with French collaboration in Ratnagiri, which was discussed by a large section of groups and opponents.

Experts and officials had sought to allay fears of locals over the project and assured that JNPP would ensure speedier development of the coastal Konkan region besides improving the power scenario in the state.

Chavan had offered to go to Jaitapur and speak to the locals and get their views and opinions on the project.

Rane’s statement assumes significance as his bĂȘte-noire, the Shiv Sena is also opposing the project and supporting the anti-JNPP groups.

Earlier last month, protestors and groups from the region had called on Shiv Sena executive president Uddhav Thackeray in Mumbai.

Rane subsequently offered to shoulder the responsibility of ensuring smooth passage to the implementation of the JNPP which falls in his stronghold, Konkan.

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