Kolkata: In a major setback to the Congress-TMC bonhomie, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee refused setting up of proposed nuclear plant in Haripur region of East Midnapore district of the state. In the same breath, the CM has made it clear that not a single nuclear power plant will be established in the state during her tenure.

Replying to a question in Assembly session on Wednesday, state Power Minister Manish Gupta said the state government had decided to reject the proposed nuclear plant.

Gupta alleged that the previous Left government had misguided the people about the project. “The present government is not in favour of any nuclear plant in the state,” Gupta added.

It is worth mentioning that on his visit to Russia, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had signed an agreement to set up five nuclear plants along with one in Haripur.

The Central government had approved land and gave environment clearance to Russia-based Company for setting up of 1,000 mw ambitious project.

However, local farmers and fishermen had already launched protests with the support of NGOs fearing their livelihood.

Earlier, few environmentalists and scientists had expressed their concern regarding damage to the environment following which the West Bengal government made it clear that it was not in favour of any such project.

JPN/Bureau