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Web Exclusive | July 2013

Gujarat okays Rs 60,000 cr Mithivirdi nuclear project

The Gujarat government has given its Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to the 6,000 mw nuclear power plant Mithivirdi village in Bhavnagar district in the state. Media reports say that Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority has quietly given the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to the controversial proposal for the nuclear plant to be built by Nuclear Power Corporation of India (NPCIL) at Rs 60,000 crore. In January this year, The NPCIL had sent the proposal for CRZ clearance. After scrutiny, the State government gave clearance for the nuclear power plant and also recommended the project to the Union Ministry of Forests and Environment for final CRZ clearance. A representative of the NPCIL made a presentation before the technical committee on March 25, 2013, on the activities proposed to be carried out in the CRZ area. Sources said that the environment impact assessment report prepared by Engineers India Limited and the CRZ map along with boundaries demarcated by Anna University were approved. Both the BJP government in Gujarat and the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre are pushing hard for the Rs 60,000 crore nuclear power plant. Earlier, in March this year, a crucial public hearing on the proposed project was organised. Several farmers groups, NGOs, and anti-nuclear power plant activists opposed to the project attended the hearing.

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