Paradip, September 29 (Local Wire) Locals on Saturday staged protest against proposed harbor expansion plan of the port trust authority in Odisha’s Paradip town in the district of Jagatsinghpur.
The proposed expansion projects involved the development of outer and inner harbor including western dock and a mechanized existing operational berth at the cost of Rs 3000 at the Paradip Port.
Local body Paradip 29 Mouza Bikash Parishad and villagers protested on Saturday against the trust authority’s move to execute the expansion plan on the environmental ground.
The public hearing, organized by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB) at Paradip in which ADM,Paradip Kanhu Charan Dhir presided over the meeting and asked the locals to raise their opinion about the proposed expansion projects including mechanized berth at the port.
President of the Parishad Prasant Kumar Chaudhry said locals gave land to the port project at through away price at the time of setting up of the port project.
Paradip, established in 1962, is now India’s second biggest state-owned port by handling cargo operation.
The land losers have not only deprived to get job opportunity but no opportunity has given to open a betel and tea shops for their maintenance.
After the establishment of Paradip port and other industries, nothing has been done to release stagnant water from nearby villages in which villagers and educational institutions are living in water logging areas, Choudhury said.
One senior officer of the port trust said PPT has taken all measures towards pollution measures and also planned to erect 8 km railway fly over the bridge from Rangiagada railway station to NH 5 (A) for the benefits of the port city.
Regional Officer, OSPCB Mukesh Mahalinga informed ‘out of 20 participants, 32 participants raised their various issues at the public consultation.
He added the video-recorded testimonies would be he forwarded to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change.