Govt to take final call on Posco project by Jan end

Last Updated: Monday, January 24, 2011 - 19:59

New Delhi: The Environment Ministry on Monday
said it will take a final call on the Posco project in Orissa
by this month-end.

"By the end of January 2011," Environment Minister Jairam
Ramesh told reporters here when asked about the government`s
decision on the South Korean major`s USD 12 billion steel mill
project in the coastal state.

The Ministry has put Posco project, which seeks diversion
of 1,253.225 hectares of forest land for establishment of
integrated steel plant and captive port in Jagatsinghpur
district, under scanner citing alleged green law violations.

The Ministry has set up three panels -- Forest Advisory
Committee (FAC), Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Coastal
Regulation Zone and another EAC -- to look after the green law
violation issue.

The three panels are learnt to have submitted their
reports.

Last week, South Korea had urged India to fast-track
the steel project.

PTI




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