Paradip, Feb 4 (LocalWire)- The activists on Tuesday urged the central government to reject the clearance granted to the proposed steel plant in Jagatsinghpur district saying that the project violates environmental laws.
The activists who are opposed to the project said the residents of Dhinkia are going to be directly affected by the proposed Rs 53,700-crore project.
They alleged that the permission accorded to the project was based on misleading information.
The draft environmental impact assessment report mentions of a township to be constructed for the project in an area of 22,15,000 sq. kilometres, Debendra Swain, a protest leader said.
This was not disclosed in the public hearing notice, he added.
This amounts to “false and misleading” data, which also makes the projects liable to be cancelled as per Section 8 (vi) of the EIA notification, 2006, they alleged.
Such integrated and inter-linked projects need to prepare a common EIA report covering the impact of each of the components comprehensively and hold a public hearing but no such thing was done, he alleged.
Without a common EIA report, the affected people and concerned citizens will not have the opportunity to review the cumulative and comprehensive impacts of all components of the projects, he said.
Swain told LocalWire that the absence of EIA reports also accounts to the violation of Section 8 (vi) of the EIA notification regarding the deliberate concealment of data two of which include no impact assessment of the township and the other being the extraction of water from Jorba barrage even though the area has had a history of water scarcity ever since.
It is ironic that the 600 pages-long EIA report of the proposed plant was prepared by a company after taking considerable time explaining the importance of the steel industry and how the project will be beneficial to the state while such basic problems persist, he added.
Edited by Meenal Singh