Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Ratnagiri worries

The Ratnagiri project has invited fresh trouble after the impact assessment report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) came out in open. The TISS report said that the proposed area of the nuclear plant, coming up in 968 hectares of land spread over five villages, was sitting on a high to moderate severity earthquake zone and it will have a ‘huge negative impact on social and environment development’. The TISS report complied by social scientist Mahesh Kamble alleged that the state government subverted facts and called the fertile agricultural land as ‘barren’.

IMO: Konkan coast development has been marred in the past, leading to protests, apparently often ill-informed. Certainly the Dehanu Road area seems to have been ecologically adversely affected by a large coal plant. But the Ratnagiri nuclear project sounded good. However the TISS report seems to be against it, and could be very important. Congress say they want to 'clear public confusion' and the phrase is a worrying one as it is often associated with attempts at excessive spin.

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