Bhubaneswar: After stiff protests by locals, bad weather today played spoilsport for the USD 12 billion POSCO project in Orissa, preventing state government from resuming land acquisition work for 12 MT steel plant.
The process of land acquisition was stalled due to
protests by locals as well as `Raja` festival for five days
since Sunday and was scheduled to commence today.
"Our teams were ready, but work could not be started
because of heavy rains," Additional District Magistrate
Paradip Sarojkanta Choudhury said.
Choudhury, however, said that the acquisition process
could be initiated tomorrow.
"Everything depends on the weather," Jagatsinghpur
district special land acquisition officer Surjit Das said.
Meanwhile, the POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS),
which spearheads the protests against land acquisition has
plans to oppose the acquisition by forming human chains.
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in the wake of stiff
protests against land acquisition had said earlier this week
that he believed in peaceful industrialisation of the state
and would take an "appropriate and humane" decision on it.
Patnaik was reacting to Union Environment Minister
Jairam Ramesh`s comment that the Orissa government should not
use environmental clearance for the project as a "licence for
forcible acquisition of land" for Posco`s steel plant in
Govindpur villagers had refused to give away their land
for the steel plant and had formed a three-tier human
barricade at the entry point.