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Centre should ensure setting up of Posco project: CM

india Updated: Apr 20, 2007 16:00 IST

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The Centre should help in ensuring the establishment of South Korean company Posco's Rs 52,000-crore steel plant in Orissa, the country's largest FDI project, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said on Friday.

"I told the prime minister that the Centre should see that the project comes through," Patnaik, who returned here after meeting the prime minister in New Delhi on Thursday, told reporters.

"Everybody is interested in the project," he said.

Asked whether he would hold talks with people who are against setting up of the Posco project near Paradip, on the lines of his meeting with protestors in Kalinga Nagar, Patnaik, he said the district administration was talking to them

"I am always open for talks to defuse any tension to see that the project progresses. As chief minister, I want more progress and prosperity for the state," he said.

"I will examine the proposal," Patnaik said when he was asked whether he would convene an all-party meeting to discuss the matter.

As to whether Posco could be asked to choose some other site for its project, Patnaik said the firm had come here to set up a port-based project. "The company wanted it to be a port-based one," he said.

The administration is dealing with people facing displacement to ensure they are appropriately rehabilitated. The state's resettlement and rehabilitation policy is one of the best in the country, he asserted.

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