Activists said that they will not give land to the mega housing project in Orissa by Pohang Iron and Steel Company (POSCO), the multi-national firm even as the BJD government was gearing to start land acquisition over the next two weeks.
POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS) Chairman Abhaya Sahu said that anti-Posco movement is passing through a very critical stage after Union Minister for Environment and Forest (MoEF) Jairam Ramesh has given clearance for the project while speaking at the 2-day national consultation on ‘Litigation Against Corruption for Human Rights’ organized by human rights law network in Panjim.
“We have been fighting for the last five and half years. We will not give up. People are ready to fight till the last drop of blood”, Sahu said.
Sahu said that the people are facing the government sponsored repression on behalf of the South Korean company, adding that whatever conditions that are laid down by MoEF are merely an eye wash.
The South-Korean POSCO has planned to construct a mega steel plant, captive power plant and a port near Paradip in Orissa.
Sahu also appealed to the legal experts and environmental activists to get associated with the agitation.
The PPSS Chairman said that anti-POSCO agitation has relied on the strength of mass movement. “Several congress leaders who came to support the agitation have now diluted their stand after MOEF clearance,” he said.