The statutory environment panel has revoked the clearance given to South Korean steel major Posco’s Rs 54,000-crore integrated steel plant and port project in Jagatsinghpur in Odisha, raising fears that the venture may get further delayed.
Posco will now have to go through the process of environmental clearance— at least some part it — all over again.

The expert appraisal committee on industry, which is the apex environmental clearance body for industrial projects, has asked the company to furnish detailed information on a variety of aspects, including iron ore linkage, layout plan for the project, waste management plan before it can consider fresh clearance.

The Odisha government today submitted a status report on the Posco project at a meeting convened at Udyog Bhawan in New Delhi.

Land acquisition for the Rs 52,000 crore Posco steel project resumed in Jagatsinghpur district on Monday after being suspended for about two-and-a-half months.

Project opponents handing over land; Odisha offers to withdraw cases against activists

After remaining suspended for about two-and-a-half months, land acquisition today resumed for Posco Steel’s Rs 52,000-crore mega project in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district.

BHUBANESWAR: A high-level committee set up by the Union ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) to review the mega Posco steel project in the state has spelled fresh trouble for the much-hyped project.

The committee headed by K Roy Paul was constituted as per the March 30, 2012 order of the National Green Tribunal (NGT), which had suspended the environment clearance granted to the project.

BHUBANESWAR: The state government is planning to restart land acquisition work the mega Posco steel project in Jagatsinghpur district soon, official sources said on Monday.

With the Budget session of the state assembly having ended last week, the Naveen Patnaik dispensation is making all arrangements to go all-out to give the proposed 12 billion US dollars FDI project a push, a senior government officer said.

The steel ministry has asked the environment ministry to expressly revalidate the green clearance to Posco’s stranded steel project in Orissa “to avoid unnecessary noises raised by NGOs and anti-project entities.”

The ministry would also begin fresh talks with the Naveen Patnaik government to stress the need to hand over the land required for the proposed plant.
The South Korean steel company had inked a MoU with Orissa in June 2005 to set up a 12 million tonne integrated steel project in Orissa’s Jagatsinghpur district at an estimated expenditure of Rs 53,000 crore, but the project has been dogged with land acquisition issues.

BHUBANESWAR: Mamata Das (name changed) of the nondescript Dhinkia village in Odisha has perhaps never met any of the members of Meera Paibi, the all-women group fighting state atrocities and human

At least 20 persons, most of them women, were injured in a lathi charge when they were demonstrating in the Posco project area on Thursday demanding the withdrawal of armed police from their locality.

At least two women protesters protested seminude. Jagatsinghpur Superintendent of Police Satyabrata Bhoi confirmed the incident and said a case will be registered in this regard.