Chandigarh: With a view to "clear doubts and misconceptions" about the nuclear power plant to be set up at Gorakhpur in Haryana, the Fatehabad district administration has organised an open forum there on July 17 when scientists and specialists would answer queries of the people.

Nuclear Power Corporation of India Limited (NPCIL) Chief Project Engineer T R Arora on Thursday said that in the open forum the district administration would address the doubts of the people regarding the power plant.

Arora said that the state Government and district administration would do everything to ensure complete safety of the people residing within the radius of 20 km of the plant.

As the project faces opposition from the farmers, he said, the walls of the power plant would be made of steel along with cement concrete.

He informed that 20 power plants of 4700 MW were safely operating across the country.

To the farmers opposing land acquisition for the project, he said, the government would provide reasonable compensation for land, standing crops, trees, tube wells, houses and other buildings to the farmers.

Notwithstanding concerns about safety aspect expressed by the opposition parties in Haryana including INLD, Arora said, ultra modern techniques would be used in the plant and it would be ensured that it is able to meet the challenges of natural disasters.

He said that the power plant would be of 2800 MW capacity with four units of 700 MW each generating electricity within the next four years.

The state would get 50 percent of the generated electricity while the remaining half would go into the Central pool. Each unit of the plant would provide direct employment to 12,000-15,000 people, according to government estimates.

(Agencies)

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