Party leaders in Ganjam district submit a memorandum to Collector

BJP leaders of Ganjam district have asked the administration to take strict action against those who were disrupting industrialisation process in the district.

They handed over a memorandum to the Ganjam District Collector with their charter of demands related to industrialisation and benefit of localites through them. They lamented the proposed industrial projects in Ganjam district, particularly near Chatrapur, were getting delayed due to various reasons.

Through their memorandum they urged the administration to intervene so that the projects in the pipeline like Gopalpur port, Special Economic Zone (SEZ) of Tata Steel and the proposed Titanium project could become operational as early as possible. Former zilla parishad president Dharanidhar Behera said it was extreme need of the district which now had only a few industries like the Odisha Sands Complex (OSCOM) of the Indian Rare Earths Limited (IREL) and Jayashree chemicals.

While welcoming the industrialisation, the BJP leaders pointed out that common mass as well as the government had provided land for these proposed projects. “Although the land was acquired several years ago, the projects have not materialised,” they said. They were hinting at the now shelved mega steel project of Tata Steel and Titanium project. They demanded that the families who have given up their land for these projects be provided extra compensation as per the present valuation of land.

Employment

Provision of employment to at least one member of the families who have lost land for the projects was another demand of the BJP leaders. They stressed on priority to local youths during appointment process for these projects. They alleged that the Gopalpur Ports Limited (GPL) authorities were not giving permanent appointment to local youths and were only opting for contractual appointments. They also came up with grave allegation that anti-socials were being used to suppress the voice of local youths by the GPL which according to them was affecting law and order situation also.

The BJP leaders demanded strict action against those who were opposing the projects for opposition sake and were disrupting the progress of projects. “Any one involved in deteriorating law and order situation in areas of proposed industrialisation should not be spared,” said Pradeep Padhi, the district president of BJP legal cell.

Their other demand was extension of area of Chatrapur urban body so that the Gopalpur port and Titanium project area could be part of it.

Party leaders in Ganjam district submit a memorandum to Collector