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A key environmental panel has recommended clearance for the proposed Rs. 23,502-crore nuclear power plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana. Environment Minister Veerappa Moily, who took charge recently, will now have to take the final decision on whether to permit the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd.

The public hearing on the Environmental Impact Assessment of the proposed Gorakhpur Nuclear Power Plant in Fatehabad, Haryana came to an end within 40 minutes of its start yesterday after the local people’s fierce opposition.

A nuclear power plant coming up in Haryana, India, conducts a public hearing without making the environmental impact assessment (EIA) report public. The controversial plant is being constructed by the Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) on fertile agricultural land.