The Orissa government has decided to initiate talks with the anti-Posco activists to find a solution to the conflict.
It, however, made it clear that the steel project work would continue as usual at the proposed site near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district, 90 km east of Bhubaneswar.
This was decided after high-level meeting on Thursday. The meeting was headed by CM Naveen Patnaik and was attended by all four BJD MLAs and the CPI MP of Jagatsinghpur, besides high level officials.
Patnaik said: “The talks will be held by the revenue divisional commissioner (with the anti-Posco activists)”.
He said that it was agreed in the meeting that all cooperation would be extended to Posco. He also said the company would
be asked to leave out 300 acres of private land in Dhinkia village where the anti-Posco movement is the most intense.
Posco had signed an MoU with the Orissa government in 2005 to set up a steel plant near Paradip. The people, who faced displacement due to the proposed plant, have been opposing it under the leadership of Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti.