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Anti-Posco activists intensify opposition, dig roads

A day after DGP of Orissa police and CMD of Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO) undertook a joint survey at the troubled Posco plant site near Paradip, the connecting road was dug up at seveal places.



Bhubaneswar: A day after DGP of Orissa
police and CMD of Industrial Infrastructure Development
Corporation (IDCO) undertook a joint survey at the troubled
Posco plant site near Paradip, the connecting road was on Sunday
dug up at seveal places.

"We will prevent government officials and company
staff from entering the proposed plant site. The villagers
will stall any attempt to repair the road," Posco Pratirodh
Sangram Samiti (PPSS) president Abhay Sahu told reporters.

DGP Manmohan Praharaj and IDCO CMD Priyabrat Patnaik
yesterday visited Posco`s proposed captive port site at
Jatadhar and peripherial area to take stock of the situation.
Patnaik also revealed state government`s plan to
construct road to the proposed plant site from Paradip.
While villagers guarded proposed plant site erecting
bamboo gates and prevented entry of officials and police, the
administration chalked out a plan to develop the alternative
road instead of confronting agitators, sources said.

The state government had already made it clear it
would not acquire over 300 acre private land from Dhinkia
village, the epi-centre of anti-Posco agitation. "The company
had also agreed to leave some 300 acre of private land at
Dhinkia due to opposition," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik said.

According to the new strategy adopted by the state
government to expedite the project, delayed by over five
years, it would start work over government land in initial
phase leaving behind the land owned by private persons.
Of the 4004 acre of land originally planned for the Rs
52,000 crore project, people own around 438 acre of private
land. The government land also comprised about 2958.82 acre
forest land which required diversion clearance from the
Ministry of Environment and Forest before starting work.

"We will start work at an appropriate time after
getting due permission from the MoEF," Steel and Mines
Minister Raghunath Mohanty said.

Before the land is handed over to the South Korean
company, the state owned IDCO would construct the road to the
plant site and the boundary wall.

PTI

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