Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Dhinkia (Jagatsinghpur)/ Bhubaneswar, June 22:
A Black Day was observed today at Patanahaat village in Odisha’s Jagatsinghpur district by people here to register their protest against the Posco steel project, the MoU for which was signed between the South Korean steel behemoth and the state government on this very day in 2005.
Wearing black badges, protesters staged a rally at Patanahaat village to oppose the mega steel project.
Though land acquisition process for the mega steel project has been completed since July last year, the project has failed to make much headway.
The MOU has not been renewed while construction of project boundary has been suspended following people’s protest. Even those supporting the project are aggrieved with the company over rehabilitation and resettlement package offered to them.
Protests in Bhubaneswar
In Bhubaneswar, the Anti- Posco Solidarity Forum also observed a Black Day today and staged a protest at the Master Canteen Square here demanding the scrapping of the South Korean steel plant project.
In a press release issued this evening, the convenor of the Anti Posco Solidarity Forum Narendra Mohanty said the agitation against the Posco steel project will continue until the proposal is either withdrawn or cancelled.
Among those who took part in the protest today included the Posco Pratirodh Sangram Samiti spokesperson Prashant Paikray, rights activist Biswapriya Kanungo, CPI-ML ( Liberation) leader Mahendra Parida, CPI leader Satish Mishra, CPI-M leader Pradipta Nayak, RPI leader Sk Abdul Wali, Arun Jena of the Bhitamati Surakshya Abhiyan, activists Amiya Pandav, Jagat Samal, Ahalya Sahu, Bharat Panigrahi, Sandeep Pattnaik, Manohar Chouhan, Srimant Mohanty, Pratap Sahu, Abinash Das, Tapan Swain, lawyer Shankar Pani, journalist Suryamani Mishra and Pradip Sahu of the CSD.