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‘Posco can start work before signing fresh MoU’

Last Updated: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 18:36

Bhubaneswar: South Korean steel major Posco
can start work at the proposed plant site near Paradip before
signing fresh MoU with the state, the Orissa government said
on Saturday.

Non-revision of MoU with the steel major was not a
problem for beginning activities, it said.

"Work for the steel project and processing of the MoU can
go simultaneously," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told
reporters.

There were several instances of allowing companies to
start work at the sites much before signing of the MoU, he
said, adding that the government has so far acquired over
2,000 acres for the purpose.

"We will talk to Posco-India over the matter relating to
beginning of the work at the proposed plant site areas under
Ersama block in Jagatsinghpur district," he said.

However, the company has to agree to begin the work on
the 12 mtpa mega steel plant before entering into any formal
MoU, an official at the steel and mines department said.

Replying a question, Patnaik said Posco-India had already
submitted its views on the controversial export clause in the
previous MoU.

"Posco-India`s views on the export clause are being
examined by the law, steel and mines departments. The
provisions of the MMDR need to be in accordance with the
content of the revised MoU," he said.

Posco, in its previous MoU signed in 2005, had wanted
about 4,000 acre to set up the plant at an investment of Rs
52,000 crore.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, October 29, 2011 - 18:36

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