Bhubaneswar: Land acquisition for Posco mega
steel plant was suspended temporarily on Tuesday in the face of
stiff opposition from agitating villagers even as Orissa
government launched ground activities for the project near
District Magistrate NC Jena said the state government
decided to stop land acquisition work for the time being in
view of tension prevailing in the proposed plant site.
"This does not mean we have stopped land acquisition. We
will resume land acquisition after getting clearance from the
state government," he said.
Posco, which initially required 4004 acres reduced it to
3719 acres after Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that
private land of Dhinkia village would be kept out of the
project area. The government has been able to acquire only
half of it so far in Gadakujang and Nuagaon gram pachayats.
About Rs 6 crore has so far been distributed among the
land losers, official sources said.
Meanwhile, with the state government deciding to go ahead
with the proposed project, officials have started ground
levelling, sand filling, tree cutting and other activities
over 1800 acre of land, official sources said.
Chief Secretary BK Patnaik said, "We are starting work in
about 1800 acres so far acquired for the POSCO project."
He said preliminary works like cleaning and levelling of
land have been taken up to make the area fit for launch of
construction of the mega steel project.
In the meantime, talks are on with various groups to
facilitate resumption of land acquisition.