KENDRAPADA: South Korean steel bellwether Posco has shut down its camp office at Noliasahi in Jagatsinghpur’s Nuagaon gram panchayat area after the national green tribunal (NGT) scrapped environment clearance to the company on March 30.
The office was opened to oversee construction work at the proposed project site. “We have asked our officials and other staff to come back from the office as construction work is stopped,” said S N Singh, deputy general manager of Posco-India project. He also stated that the NGT order is not an impediment for the government to acquire lands for Posco.
The office is now guarded by at least 20 locals who were appointed as security guards. Earlier, agitated villagers had attacked the camp office on two occasions.
Meanwhile, villagers opposed to land acquisition felt that it is high time Posco left the area for good. “Posco should close its office in Kujang and Bhubaneswar,” said Abhaya Sahoo, president, Posco Pratirodhaka Sangram Samiti, which has been spearheading the anti-Posco movement for long.
Pro-Posco activists, on the other hand, are upset over the impediments in setting up the project. “Industrialization will now take a beating in the state after NGT scrapped the environment clearance. After the Tatas in 1990s, it’s now Posco’s turn to face the heat in the state. The 52,000 project, which is the biggest FDI in the country, is staring at a bleak future,” said Anadi Rout, president of a pro-Posco outfit.
[Source – Times of India]