Working hard on Jaitapur plant: French envoy before Modi visit
Modi will visit France as part of this three-nation tour that will also include Germany and Canada.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to visit France from April 9 to 12, French ambassador to India Francois Richier said Tuesday that the two sides are “working hard” to make progress on setting up the Jaitapur nuclear power plant.
Richier said Modi’s visit to his country, beginning on Thursday, would be a “very very great event” during which the two sides will discuss ways to give a push to the entire gamut of relations. Modi will visit France as part of this three-nation tour that will also include Germany and Canada.
Responding to questions over the long-pending proposal to set up the nuclear plant at Jaitapur in Maharashtra by French company Areva, he said, “We are working hard to find progress …Yes, things are working.”
He said Modi himself spoke on Monday about the importance of addressing climate change and nuclear power is an important part of it alongside other sources of renewable energy.
Making it clear that the PM’s visit is not linked to this issue, the envoy said if “something good” emerges during the visit, it will be announced.
Under an agreement signed in 2009, Areva is to set up six nuclear reactors at Jaitapur with a total capacity of about 10,000 MW.
The project has, however, been stuck over differences regarding the cost of power that will be produced.
The French Ambassador did not respond to questions over the pending Rafale deal.
However, sources said “negotiations are on” for the deal under which French company Dassault will supply 126 Rafale fighter planes. Richier said French companies are keen to participate in the ‘Make in India’ programme.
Source:: Indian Express