Convention demands scrapping of POSCO steel project
Four Left parties on Friday jointly announced to observe June 22 as ‘black day’ across the State to highlight their demand for scrapping of the POSCO steel project.
It was on June 22, 2005 that Odisha government had signed a memorandum of understanding with POSCO for establishment of a mega steel plant in the State.
The leaders of the four parties – CPI (M-L) Liberation, CPI (M-L) ND, CPI (M-L), and SUCI (C) – took the decision to observe June 22 as ‘black day’ at a convention that they organised at the Nagbhushan Bhavan here to discuss the POSCO issue threadbare.
The speakers who addressed the convention said the proposed mega steel plant of POSCO in Jagatsinghpur district will not only adversely affect the people in three gram panchayats of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujang, but sourcing of water from Mahanadi by POSCO will result in water crisis in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, and affect irrigation in several districts.
The speakers also strongly opposed to the proposal to grant special economic zone status to the proposed POSCO plant saying that it would create a foreign territory within the country.
The proposed mining of Khandadhar iron ore mines to source ore for the proposed steel mill will also adversely affect thousands of tribal people, they said while highlighting their demand for scrapping of the POSCO project.
The convention also demanded immediate release of Abhay Sahoo, leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti who had been arrested from Bhubaneswar in the recent past.
The convention further demanded withdrawal of the cases filed against the villagers who had been opposing the project under the banner of the Sangram Samiti since long. It also demanded withdrawal of police from Gobindpur village without delay.
Proposal to grant special economic zone status to the proposed POSCO plant opposed Convention demands immediate release of leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti
Proposal to grant special economic zone status to the proposed POSCO plant opposed
Convention demands immediate release of leader of the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti