Kujanga, Dec 19:
South Korean steel major Posco’s boundary wall construction here for its proposed steel plant was halted temporarily on Wednesday amid stiff opposition by local people in the proposed project area.
Opposition to the construction gathered momentum in Nuagaon and Gadakujanga as the company proceeded with its boundary wall construction without going for consultations with different organizations of the proposed project area.
Heads of seven organizations of Nuagaon area, in a meeting on Wednesday, expressed resentment over the unilateral decision of the company to go ahead with its construction work without holding discussions with them over the old demands of the locals.
The meeting however, decided to take a final call on the issue at a village meeting to be convened shortly.
Similarly, in Gadakujanga panchayat, the village elders met the RDC at Jagatsingpur on Tuesday to put forth a set of demands of their area. Although the RDC assured them that their demands will be taken up at a meeting soon, it failed to satisfy them.
“We have on several occasions met different officials of the administration and have apprised them of the demands of the local people. But without holding any discussions with us, construction work on the project site has begun. We can not therefore takethe administration’s promises seriously,” said Jibanlal Behera, a village elder.
Behera said the villagers will take a final decision in the matter in a meeting to be held at Gadakujanga.
The company’s decision to go ahead with its construction without taking the locals into confidence has complicated matters and this may lead to stiff opposition from both anti-brigade as well as those who support the project, local sources said.