KARWAR: Fifty days have passed as the villagers living within a five km radius of the Kaiga Nuclear Power Generating Station continue their strike outside the DC’s office, demanding rehabilitation.
Leaders of all parties, including Fisheries Minister Anand Asnotikar, Congress leader R V Deshpande, MLC Shrikant Ghotnekar, JD(S) MLAs Sunil Hegde and Dinakar Shetti and Karnataka Prantya Raitha Sangh president Maruti Manpade met the villagers and expressed their support.
They made tall promises like raising the issue in the Assembly and taking a delegation to the Centre.
Are these leaders playing a political gimmick? villagers wonder. “We will change our strategy to bring pressurise the government,” says Shamnath Naik, GP member.
Chairman of Western Ghat Task Force Anant Ashisara, says curative measures like providing better hospital facilities are needed.
He points out that the district administration had prepared a `195 crore comprehensive plan for the development of the villages.