Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government on Monday said it
would take `appropriate action` on Posco project after
receiving the order of Union Ministry of Environment and
Forest (MoEF) which accorded final approval for forest land
diversion for the proposed mage steel unit.
"We are yet to receive the order. We have just learnt from
the media that such an order has been passed. When we receive
the order, appropriate action will be taken," Chief Minister
Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.
Orissa Agriculture Minister Damodar Rout, MLA from the
proposed plant site area for about 35 years, welcomed the MoEF
order saying it would help in setting up the Rs 52,000 crore
project near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.
"Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh`s two-day visit
to Orissa on April 29 and 30 had been beneficial for the state
and the Posco project. During his visit, Ramesh could realise
that some people are deliberately opposing the project without
any reason," he said.
Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which had been
opposing the project since the South Korean steel major inked
MoU with the state government in 2005, however, said it would
democratically oppose the steel plant as earlier and that
locals are `unhappy` over final approval of forest diversion
for the project.
"PPSS also will not hesitate to take the matter to the
court of law as we feel that people living in proposed plant
site villages are deprived of their rights under FRA, 2006,"
PPSS president Abhay Sahu said.
The CPI-backed outfit said it would soon start
`Satyagraha` at Balitutha, the entry point to proposed plant
site area, opposing the project.
The Centre accorded the final approval of forest diversion
over 1253 hectare (about 2900 acre) of land from among the
4,004 acre of total land demarcated to house the mega steel
plant near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district.
Ramesh had on April 14 put on hold the forest land
diversion proposed of the state government after he received
claims by PPSS.