Orissa starts drive to acquire 700 acre more for Posco plant

Feb 04 2013, 03:52 IST
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SummaryThe process of acquiring land for Poscos $12-billion steel plant near Orissas Paradip port in Jagatsinghpur district resumed on Sunday, leading to tension in the area.

Govt had earlier taken into possession 2,000 acres for the $12-billion steel plant

* Officials uproot betel vines and pay over R15 lakh as compensation to 8 farmers

* Authorities face resistance at Gobindpur, the epicentre of the anti-Posco movement

* State officials say no force was used even as protesters claim seven people were hurt

* Posco India has agreed to reduce the size of the plant to from 12 mtpa to 8 mtpa

* Land requirement now has been scaled down from about 4,000 acres to 2,700 acres

(With inputs from PTI)

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