Locals oppose forest land survey at Posco
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 18:45
Paradip (Orissa): Protesters opposing the proposed Posco steel plant Tuesday resisted efforts by Orissa government to start forest land survey at the project site.

As a team of officials of Jagatsinghpur district tried to begin survey at Nuagaon village for the Rs 52,000-crore project, a large number of people blocked the entry point.

Though District Collector N C Jena had earlier mooted a plan to start forest land survey by excluding Dhinkia village, CPI-backed Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) agitating against the project for the last five years, refused to budge.

Rejecting Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's formula of excluding 300 acres of private land in Dhinkia from project site, PPSS president Abhaya Sahu said people would not vacate the land where betel vines and other crops were being raised by villagers for generations.

In a bid to persuade the people to allow the survey work, BJD MLA Prashant Muduli held talks with villagers at Gada Dhinkia panchayat area but the deadlock persisted.

"No survey will be allowed at this juncture as the state government wants the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC) to hold talks with protesters," said a local resident, dismissing as "meaningless" the discussion held on Sunday between the government and representatives of United Action Committee (UAC) on Sunday.


First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 18:45

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