Cuttack, Aug 27
The state government has told the Odisha High Court on Monday that there will be no acquisition of private lands for the proposed Posco steel project. With the state government’s affidavit stating that it has withdrawn the notification to acquire private land, the legal tussle over private land acquisition for the proposed project which has been continuing in the High Court since 2011 has come to an end.
The Orissa High Court on Monday disposed of the writ petition filed by one Nisakar Khatua challenging the State Government notification for acquisition of private land for the Posco project spanning seven villages under Dhinkia gram panchayat in Jagatsinghpur district.
A division bench of the High Court comprising Justice I Mohanty and Justice BN Mohapatra deemed the petition infructuous after the state government submitted that it had decided to withdraw the land acquisition notification related to private land. Appearing for state government, Advocate General Ashok Mohanty stated that pursuant to an application by IDCO, Government has decided not to acquire private land in seven villages.