MUMBAI: The state government's effort to break the deadlock over the Jaitapur nuclear project by hiking the compensation for the farmers has run in to a road block as it has been rejected by the villagers.

The state government had announced a revised compensation package for the farmers to acquire the land for the nuclear power plant. The state announced Rs 22.5 lakh per hectare as the rate for acquisition of land which earlier was ranged from Rs 50,000 to Rs 4 lakh per acre. The government hopes that an enhanced compensation would ensure that the villagers stop opposing the 9,900 mw nuclear project. According to government officials 2,135 farmers will benefit from the move.