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PM to lay foundation stone of Haryana nuclear plant in January

PTI Chandigarh | Updated on December 19, 2013

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will lay the foundation stone of Rs 23,502-crore nuclear power plant to be set up at Gorakhpur in Haryana’s Fatehabad district in January next year.

The Prime Minister would also address a public meeting after laying the foundation stone, Additional Secretary, Department of Atomic Energy (DAE), C. B. S. Venkataramanna said on Thursday.

About 1,503 acres has been acquired for setting up the plant and compensation amounting to Rs 450 crore has been given to the farmers whose land was acquired, a Haryana government release quoted Venkataramanna as saying.

Scientists of Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) have conducted various surveys and tests at the site of the plant, he said.

The plant would accelerate the pace of development and new ventures would come up which would lead to creation of jobs and increase income of the people, the release said.

It said the Gorakhpur-Kajalheri road would soon be constructed along the plant to provide better connectivity to the people.

Gorakhpur village would be developed as a model village under corporate social responsibility and for this, a detailed action plan has been provided to NPCIL which would cover various issues, such as development of village, training to youths, women’s development, education and health.

The area is home to several wildlife species and special arrangements have been made for their conservation.

Directions have been issued in this regard to NPCIL so that better and safe places could be provided for the wildlife species, it said.

Published on December 19, 2013

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