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Won't give an inch of land, say anti-Posco activists

PTI  Panaji, February 06, 2011
First Published: 20:07 IST(6/2/2011) | Last Updated: 20:34 IST(6/2/2011)

Activists opposed to the Posco project in Orissa have decided not to give "an inch of land" for the mega steel venture, even as the BJD government was gearing to start land acquisition over the next two weeks.

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Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) Chairman Abhaya Sahu said that anti-Posco movement was passing through a very "critical stage" after Union Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh gave clearance for the project.

"We have been fighting for the last five and half years. We will not give up the fight. People are ready to fight till the last drop of blood in their body," Sahu said during a national consultation on 'Litigation against Corruption for Human Rights' in Panaji.

"The (state) Government is preparing itself for land acquisition in next two weeks time. But the anti-Posco movement has decided not to give even an inch of land for the project," he said.

The consultation was organised by Human Rights Law network, a group of activists working in the field of human rights violations, in collaboration with civil groups working for preserving environment.

Sahu said that "people are facing the government sponsored repression on behalf of the South Korean company" adding whatever conditions that are laid down by the Ministry of Environment and Forest for the project were "merely an eye wash."

Posco has planned to build a mega steel plant, a captive power plant and a port near Paradip in Orissa.

Sahu appealed the legal experts and environmental activists present to get associated with the agitation.

He also accused that several Congress leaders who earlier supported the agitation have now diluted their stand after the MOEF clearance.


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