Villagers want Ramesh to visit Posco`s proposed plant site
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Last Updated: Monday, April 25, 2011, 21:21
Bhubaneswar: With the fate of the Rs 52,000 crore Posco project hanging in balance over Forest Rights Act, people of seven villages from the proposed site today asked Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh to visit the plant site during his Orissa tour.

Hit by the "push and pull" on implementation of the project since the company signed the MoU with state government in 2005, people from both the anti and the pro-project camps said Ramesh should make an "on-the-spot" enquiry into the ground reality during his two-day visit from April 28.

"We will send a letter to Jairam Ramesh requesting him to personally visit the proposed plant site villages of Posco and verify implementation of FRA," United Action Committee president Anadi Charan Rout said.

While UAC supports the project, CPI backed Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) is strongly opposed to it.

"We will welcome Ramesh, if he visits Posco's plant site. Two central panels (Saxena and Gupta) earlier sent by Ramesh have vindicated our stand and observed that FRA is violated in the area," PPSS president Abhay Sahu said.

Though people at the proposed plant site villages were enthusiastic about Ramesh's Orissa visit, official sources said the Union minister had no programme to visit the area.

The minister will visit Tiger Reserve at Similipal and Bhitarkanika National Park during his two-day visit, a senior official at the forest department said.


First Published: Monday, April 25, 2011, 21:21

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