Special Correspondent

Authorities of the Jagatsinghpur district begin survey work

BHUBANESWAR: The Jagatsinghpur district administration on Tuesday began survey work on the proposed steel project of Posco India Private Limited despite opposition from a majority of local people.

The survey work is meant to collect information about the position of land and of people facing displacement along with the betel vines, prawn farms and coconut trees of the people living in the area selected for the project.

The work that started from Noliasahi village under Gadakujang gram panchayat was likely to be completed within two weeks.

Communist Party of India MP from Jagatsinghpur Bibhu Prasad Tarai had earlier written to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik saying that the survey work should be stopped till a dialogue was held.

The CPI had also announced plan to oppose the survey work in the project area demanding shifting of the project site to any other place.

Meanwhile, a large number of workers of CPI(M-L) staged a demonstration outside Fortune Tower building in the city to register their protest against use of police force by the State government against the villagers opposing displacement due to the Tata Steel's project at Kalinganagar and the Posco project area.

Holding placards and banners in their hands, the demonstrators raised slogans against the State government and both companies.

In another development, two judicial officers visited Kalinganagar area as per the High Court order to conduct an inquiry into police action against the tribals opposing the Tata project.