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Protests Start against JSW Utkal Steel Plant in Odisha

Steel News - Published on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

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Odisha media reported that a movement is gaining ground against the proposed JSW Utkal Steel Limited plant in Jagtsinghpur district. Activists Mr Prafulla Samantara, former MLA Mr Radhakanta Sethi, Manorama Khatua and Tuna Mohanty have alleged that the new steel plant project is more dangerous than Posco. They said β€œThe proposed project is a 13 million tonne per year steel plant along with cement, cold and hot rolled mills and 900 MW power plant. Each is a pollutant unit. There will be huge cumulative effect on environment and the pollution will invade air, agriculture land as well as water bodies. This will have also a port at Jatadhari which will be harmful to agricultural land and fisher community. The cumulative pollution will spread more than 20 km radius for which more than 50,000 villagers of nearby villages will be affected and deprived of livelihood.”

They have demanded a proper environment impact assessment report for the new project and discarded the one already done, what they said to be lacking facts.

They said that after Posco left its project, the forced acquired land has to be returned to the farmers as per the Land Acquisition Act, 2013.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Nov 2019
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