The row surrounding transfer of land for industrial park proposed at Gopalpur in south Odisha has seemingly affected starting of construction activity by Tata Steel which is the anchor tenant for the project.

With state government officials still in a dilemma on whether the land transfer deed needs to be executed in the name of Tata Steel or Gopalpur Special Economic Zone (SEZ), work on project has suffered a delay. This is despite the fact that the steel maker has taken advanced possession of land and is almost through with boundary wall construction.