Trinamool Congress, a partner in the UPA government, on Thursday opposed the setting up of a nuclear reactor in Haripur in West Bengal and asked the Centre to reconsider its decision.
Claiming that no survey had been carried out by either the Centre or the Left Front government while identifying the site, Suvendu Adhikari demanded sending of a central team “to assess the ground reality”, saying the area was “thickly populated“.
During his visit to Moscow last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had signed a joint declaration with Russia on a variety of issues including nuclear cooperation. Haripur was identified as one of the sites to put up four reactors as part of a chain of nuclear parks in the country.
Raising the matter during Zero Hour, Adhikari said Haripur had a population of 500 per square kilometre. It has a fishing harbour and the land was fertile.
“There has been no survey or study either by the Centre or by the Left Front government. I request the Centre to reconsider the matter,” he said, demanding that a central team should be sent to the area to look into all aspects of the issue.