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Villagers want Ramesh to visit Posco`s proposed plant site

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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