JSW Steel Limited is likely to set up a 10 million tonne capacity steel plant in Odisha on the land acquired for the Posco steel project in Jagatsinghpur district.
The villagers of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadkujang panchayats, who had protested Posco steel project, have extended support to the 10 million tonne steel plant of Jindal Steel to be set up here.
IDCO has started construction of a boundary wall on the land, which was earlier acquired by Posco, amid tight security. After cancellation of land allotted to the South-Korean company, Sajjan Jindal-led JSW Steel had sought the intervention of Odisha Government to provide the land to set up its 10 mtpa steel plant at an investment of Rs 50,000 crore and a 900 MW capacity power plant.
Meanwhile, though a majority of the villagers have expressed their support for the steel mill, some villagers of Dhinkia have vowed to protest claiming that it would snatch way their livelihood. Pro-Posco leader Nirvay Samantray said, “We were supporting Posco project but State Government and Posco harassed the villagers by depriving them of benefits like compensation, employment opportunity and maintenance allowance.”
JSW chief Sajjan Jindal called on the Odisha chief secretary and other senior government officials recently to discuss his project plans. “Our company is very keen to invest on a steel plant in Odisha. The Posco site is one of the possibilities. Besides, other potential sites are also being examined,” Jindal said.
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