Seeking cancellation of the forest and environment clearance accorded to Posco's proposed steel plant near Paradip, the Communist Party of India (CPI) on Thursday alleged that one district administration had suppressed facts about implementation of Forest Land Right Act.
"The district collector of Jagatsinghpur in his report to state government and Union forest and environment ministry on February 10, 2010 had intimated about completion of all formalities under Forest Land Right Act," CPI state Secretary Dibakar Nayak said.
District Collector Jena, however, denied the charge saying "everything has been done in accordance with law."
Terming forest and environment clearance accorded to Posco's Rs 52,000 crore project as 'illegal', Nayak alleged that the district collector suppressed Gram Sabha recommendation of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gobindpur villages about implementation of Forest Land Right Act.
The Gram Sabhas of the three villages had strongly opposed any move to change category of forest land in the proposed plant site villages, he claimed.
Of the 4,004 acre of land required for setting up the 12mtpa mega steel plant, 2,900 acres were categorised as forest land, he said.