Bhubaneswar: The Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti will observe June 22 as `Black day` as it has been doing since 2005, the date when the Orissa government signed an MoU with Posco for setting up its Rs 52,000 crore mega steel plant in Jagatsinghpur district.
"The people of seven villages where Posco`s proposed 12 mtpa steel mill will come up, will observe Black Day on June 22. All inhabitants of the area will fast as a mark
of protest against the proposed project," Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) president Abhaya Sahu said.
"We have been observing Black Day every year since 2005," Sahu said.
Though PPSS has agreed to cooperate with socio-economic and forest land survey at Dhinkia and Gobindpur villages during talks with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, it
would continue its agitation, Sahu said.
Meanwhile, official sources said that the district administration of Jgatsinghpur, was planning to conduct survey at Dhinkia and Gobindpur on June 17.
"We are ready for survey in the two villages after
PPSS agreed to cooperate with officials. There will be no
force deployment," Jagatsinghpur Collector N C Jena said.
Meanwhile, people supporting the Posco project
expressed displeasure over yesterday`s meeting between the
PPSS leaders and the chief minister.
"How did the chief minister hold talks with PPSS
leaders who unleashed a reign of terror in the area in the
name of opposing the project," asked a senior member of the
United Action Committee, a body supporting the Posco`s