Thane: Hundreds of people, displaced by the Tarapur Atomic Power Plant project, on Thursday gave vent to their ire, alleging the Maharashtra government and a premier nuclear body of depriving them of the basic facilities at the tenements allotted to them.

The issue was raised at the meeting of the displaced villagers over alleged inaction on part of the state government and the Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCL) in not providing them basic facilities like drinking water, power, roads, health care at the tenements.

In the wake of lack of facilities, only 300 out of total 1500 dwellings provided to the affected people remained occupied, the villagers said.

Maharashtra government had drawn flak from the Bombay High Court on Thursday last for its lackadaisical attitude towards the project-affected people (PAPs) of the Tarapur Atomic Power plant.

A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice RV More directed the government to ensure that there is water supply, which is "a basic necessity in every household," within 16 weeks.

Several villagers had approached the high court claiming that the government and the Nuclear Power Corporation Ltd (NPCL) which was handed over the project, has failed to fulfill the promises made during rehabilitation.

Speaking at the meeting of villagers in Tarapur, Minister of State for Tribal Development Rajendra Gavit expressed displeasure over the fact that several villages and hamlets of Jawhar, Dahanu, and Palghar in the district remained without electricity even after decades of Independence.

(Agencies)