Chandigarh: The work to set up nuclear power plant at Gorakhpur village in Haryana's Fatehabad district would commence on Thursday.

The work of the power plant, which had seen vociferous protests from farmers in the past, will begin in the presence of officers of Fatehabad district administration, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) and farmers of Gorakhpur village.

In the first phase, topographic survey and soil studies would be conducted.

A meeting to chalk out the works to be carried out for setting up this plant was held on Wednesday at Fatehabad.

Haryana's Chief Parliamentary Secretary Prahalad Singh Gillankhera, Deputy Commissioner Fatehabad, M L Kaushik, Chief Project Engineer, NPCIL, T R Arora, and some farmers attended the meeting, an official spokesman said here.

In the first phase, NPCIL would start the process of topographic survey and soil studies.

Besides, survey work of tubewells, kachha houses, hand pumps, trees, gardens and underground pipeline belonging to farmers would start from September 10 for which a team consisting of Sub Divisional Magistrate and other officials had been constituted.

This team would submit its report by September 25 to the district administration so as to provide early compensation to farmers.

A spokesman said Haryana CPS Gillankhera assured farmers that all their demands regarding development of village would be fulfilled by the district administration, NPCIL and state government.

The Haryana CPS said villagers of Gorakhpur had created history by giving up their land for this nuclear power project. "They have become partners in development," he said.

Gillankhera said most of the farmers had already taken compensation in lieu of their acquired land for this project.

As many as 838 farmers had so far received compensation amount of Rs 410.99 crore for their 1337.37 acres of land acquired for this purpose, he said.

Apart from employment, all modern facilities would be provided in the village, Gillankhera said.

All the demands raised by Gram Panchayat and farmers including developing Gorakhpur as Model Village would soon be implemented, he said.

Apart from this, direction had been issued to concerned officers for providing other amenities in the village. Developmental works would also be carried out in nearby villages of Gorakhpur, he said.

A detailed scheme was being envisaged to provide quality technical education to village children and for setting up hospitals, veterinary hospitals, street lights, modern parks, drainage system and pavement of streets, he said.

While farmers had earlier opposed the project due to various reasons including their demand for adequate compensation of the land acquired, main opposition INLD has maintained that they would not allow the project to be set up, citing the safety aspect of such plants.


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