By Amarnath Parida
Paradip, September 27 (Local Wire) The anti-displacement leaders on Wednesday vowed to intensify stir for handing over land to Jindal Group by violating the directive of New Delhi-based National Green Tribunal (NGT).
Industry minister Anant Das’s declaration to hand over 2,900 acres of land to JSW Steel of Jindal Group drew sharp reaction among the villages of Dhinkia, Nuagaon and Gadakujang panchayats.
These leaders have strongly criticized the decision of the state government to hand over the lands by violating the NGT directive. Previously, the lands were meant for the Pasco project.
In November 2017, one petitioner Bhamarbar Das had filed a writ petition to stop construction and tree felling in areas adjacent as IDCO has been illegally erected boundary wall by violating Forest Right Act (FRA) and the Forest (Conservation) Act.
The processes prescribed in the FRA have not been completed in the area with regard to the right to settlement on forest land for traditional forest dwellers, the petitioner said.
NGT chairperson Adarsh Kumar Goel and other members had directed the central government, state government, district administration, and others to remove the construction of boundary wall to avert any encroachments.
Earlier, NGT had intervened IDCO to stop the construction work of boundary wall. MOEF had also asked the authority of IDCO to produce forest clearance for construction of boundary wall and felling of trees.
“It is a strong violation of the directive of NGT to hand over these lands to JSW,” Das said.
“Without discussing with villagers, no project work of JSW should start in these dispute lands,” said Nirvya Samantray, a pro-industry leader.
Samantray also said villagers had no objection for JSW, provided the company meets their genuine demands.
Last year, IDCO started construction of boundary wall on the proposed site in the name of a land bank to prevent encroachers.
The boundary wall has to be built around 18 km covering adjacent villages Nuagaon, Gobindapur, Polanga, Gadakujanga and Baynalkanda at an estimated cost of Rs 13 crore.
Out of 18 km, construction of boundary wall for about two km had been completed by January 2018 unit NGT stopped the construction work.