“The land acquisition was peaceful and villagers fully cooperated with the administration,” said Jagatsinghpur collector SK Mallick.
Posco had signed an MoU with the Odisha government in June 2005 to set up the green field steel project, touted as India’s single largest foreign direct investment. The MoU has expired in 2010 and has yet to be renewed.
People of eight villagers under Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujanga gram panchayats have been opposing the plant under the leadership of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS).
The state government has already acquired about 2200 acres in a phased manner amidst protest and needs to acquire another 500 acres for the commencement of the project.