City hosts Jaitapur tribunal
To record the public's views on the proposed Jaitapur nuclear power plant in Ratnagiri district an independent people's tribunal was held in the city. Former chief justices AP Shah and SD Pandit recorded the views of villagers, scientists, experts, activists and environmentalists at the St Xavier's College. The Lokshasan Andolan, organiser of the tribunal, had sent invites to 60 project proponents such as ministers and officials from government, atomic energy department and Nuclear Power Corporation of India. The tribunal was held almost two months after the two judges were restrained from holding a public hearing, against the 9,900 MW project in Mithgawane, which is one of the project-affected villages.
The tribunal examined viewpoints as well as documents related to the issue and a report will be prepared in two months. Apart from the radiation and safety aspects of nuclear energy, the depositions will cover issues of land acquisition, alleged repression along with safety and viability of the proposed Jaitapur plant.