Special Correspondent

They reiterate their demand for shifting of their project

Next meeting to be held on June 5

The 12 million tonne capacity project has been facing opposition from the people since 5 years

BHUBANESWAR: While continuing their opposition to the survey work for the proposed Posco steel plant project in Jagatsinghpur district, the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti on Saturday held discussions with the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) at Cuttack on the issue. A delegation of the Samiti met Revenue Divisional Commissioner (Central) P.K. Mohapatra and put forth their viewpoints and the reasons in support of their demand for the shifting of the project any other location from the area selected for the proposed steel mill.

Communist Party of India Lok Sabha Member from Jagatsinghpur Bibhu Prasad Tarai also took part in the discussion.

According to sources, the Sangram Samiti representatives reiterated their demand for shifting of the project and submitted records to justify the rights of scores of families over the government land where they were living for generations together and earning their livelihoods through cultivation.

The RDC, who stuck to the government stand for facilitating establishment of the proposed steel plant in the area selected for the purpose, handed over copies of the rehabilitation package announced by the South Korean company for the people who would lose their land and homes to make space for the venture. Although the meeting continued for more than two hours, it was decided that the talks will continue and the next meeting will be held on June 5, sources added.

The Jagatsinghpur district administration has been trying hard to carry forward the survey work on the project despite stiff opposition from a majority of locals who were opposing displacement.

The 12 million tonne capacity project has been facing opposition from the people for the past five years and as a result the State government has not been able to acquire any land in the area till date.

Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Kalinganagar area in Jajpur district where Tata Steel was trying to start work for its proposed six million tonne steel project since Friday.