CPI asks panel to cancel Posco`s environment clearance

Alleging gross violation of the Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act, 2006, CPI today demanded cancellation of forest and environment clearance accorded to Posco-India`s Rs 51,000 crore project.

Last Updated: Jul 23, 2010, 23:02 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Alleging gross violation of the
Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers Act,
2006, CPI today demanded cancellation of forest and
environment clearance accorded to Posco-India`s Rs 51,000
crore project in Orissa.

CPI, which had been opposing the South Korean steel
major`s project since its inception, submitted a memorandum to
the three-member joint committee appointed by the Ministry of
Environment and Forest and Ministry of Tribal Affairs.

The committee members, who visited Jagatsinghpur district
today to verify proper implementation of the Forest
Right Act in the proposed plant site villages, discussed with
the district administration on conduct of `Gram Sabhas` in the
area.

The members are scheduled to visit the three gram
panchayats of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gada Kujang tomorrow to
oversee existence of tribal families and traditional forest
dwellers over 2900 acre of forest land which was within 4004
acre of land demarcated to be handed over to Posco for setting
up the plant.

"We will visit Posco`s proposed plant site villages to
verify implementation of the Forest Right Act," one of the
committee members Asish Kothari said.

"Though the gram sabhas had in Posco`s proposed plant
site villages resolved opposing diversion of land category,
the state government placed a forged document with the Centre
in order to get forest clearance from the ministry," CPI state
secretary Dibakar Nayak alleged.

PTI