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Posco project: Odisha govt asks Hyderabad-based CMSR to conduct socio-economic survey


Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Oct 11:

The Odisha government has awarded the work order for conducting a socio-economic survey for the rehabilitation of families to be displaced by the proposed Posco steel project in the Jagatsinghpur district to Hyderabad-based Centre for Management & Social Research (CMSR)

posco“We hereby place this work order in your favour for conducting socio-economic survey in respect of rehabilitation of displaced families affected by procurement of land for establishment of Posco steel project in an area measuring 2772.05 acres government land and de-reserved forest land in eight villages,” said a letter of Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (Idco) to CMSR on Friday.

The socio-economic survey would be conducted in the villages of Dhinkia, Nuagaon, Gobindpur, Jatadhar, Polanga, Bhuyanpal, Noliashai and Bayanala Kandha under Ersama teshil.

The survey would be conducted following the rehabilitation & resettlement (R&R) Policy,2006 and guidelines of Odisha Revenue and Disaster Management department.

The scope of the survey work includes conduct of socio-economic survey, demographic profile of land losers, detailed family list of land losers, balance land after acquisition, age and sex wise distribution of land losers, distribution of land losers by primary occupation, economic condition of land losers and families likely to get benefit under R&R policy, 2006.

The socio-economic survey needs to be completed within 45 days of issue of work order.

It is to be noted that, Idco, the nodal land acquisition agency of Odisha, has acquired 2,772.05 acres of land for Posco to set up its eight million tonne steel plant in first phase. The South Korean steel major had proposed to set up a 12 mtpa steel project that needed 4,004 acres.

However, it had to downsize its plant following stiff opposition by the local people who refused to part with the land under their occupation.

Posco India had entered into an agreement with the Odisha government in 2005 to set up 12 mtpa steel plant. However, the project is yet to take off even after nine years.