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Construction : Deals | February 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Odisha govt holds land acquisition for Posco

In Orissa, the State government, last week, was forced to temporarily abandon plans to acquire land for the proposed 12 mt Posco India integrated steel plant by South Korean steel firm Posco at Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district due to protests by the villagers and pressures from opposition political parties and civil society organisations.

The government also withdrew the 14 platoons of police forces that were deployed at Gobinpur village, a part of the project site, as demanded by leaders of various political parties and Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), the local CPI-backed anti-displacement forum.

The land acquisition drive for the $12 billion project had resumed on February 3 after more than a year. The district collector Satya Kumar Mallick, present during the eviction drive, told the media that the government has dismantled at least 14 betel gardens and distributed 26 lakh in cheques to the local people. The State discontinued the land acquisition process as demanded by the PPSS leaders, he added.

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