Monday, November 29, 1999

Posco survey begins, standoff comes to an end

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Ending a five-year stalemate, the Orissa government on Thursday conducted the socio-economic survey in the proposed project site of the South Korean steel maker Posco India.District officials carried out the survey at Gobindpur village under the Dhinkia gram panchayat, headquarters of the Posco Pratirodha Sangram Samiti (PPSS), the CPI-backed outfit that has been sprerheading the agitation against the location of the 12-million tonne steel project of Posco India in Jagatsinghpur district. "The survey work is going on peacefully," said an official involved with it. According to him, PPSS activists in the village are co-operating in the survey work. He said on day one, 807 betel vineyards and 55,700 plants were identified in the village. "The survey work in the village will be completed in another two days," he said. As per the condition of the PPSS, the survey team was not accompanied by police force. However, six platoons were deployed at Balitutha, the entry point to the Posco-site.The PPSS has agreed to it following the intervention of chief minister Naveen Patnaik.The socio-economic survey is necessary to assess the compensation and the rehabilitation work that will be needed to relocate the people facing displacement due to the Posco project.

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