Paradip, May 14 (LocalWire): IOCL authorities held a meeting with villagers of Dhinkia today seeking their cooperation to lay the pipe line of Paradip-Hyderabad Product Pipeline (PHPL) that will pass through their panchayat.
The villagers of Dhinkia asserted they will not give one inch of land to Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) unless three charters of their demands were fulfilled.
Dhinkia panchayat samiti member, Debendra Swain, said nearly 40 people attended the meeting but the PHPL authorities did not agree to their proposal and expressed reluctance to fulfil their charter of demands.
‘The villagers, therefore, refused to part with even one inch of their land for the said project and vowed to intensify their stir if PHPL acquires their land,’ he added.
The villagers said IOCL’s Paradip Refinery authorities did not keep their promise of providing the displaced people, who were forced to part with their land for the company, with permanent jobs.
Pollution levels have risen in their village due to the release of effluents from the refinery.
Betel leaf vines in Dhinkia, Trilochanpur, Mahal and other villages have discoloured due to the release of effluents and drinking water in majority of the tube wells were polluted with a saline taste and chemical smell.
The sarpanch of Dhinkia panchayat, Salila Nayak, had in March submitted a memorandum to the authorities of PHPL requesting them to fulfil three charters of demands that included job opportunity, pollution control and peripheral development under CSR, but not a single demand has yet been fulfilled, the villagers alleged.
IOCL (Pipelines Division) has been planning to lay 1150 kilometres-long Paradip-Hyderabad Product Pipeline (PHPL), originating from Paradip and terminating at Hyedrabad with intermediate pumping-cum-delivery stations at Berhampur, Visakhapatnam, Rajahmundry and Vijaywada.
This pipeline would be laid for evacuation of white oil products (MS, HSD, SKO & ATF) from the Paradip refinery to depots in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and is therefore a time-bound project of national importance.
The initial length of the 91.4 km pipeline would be laid in existing Right of Way of Paradip Raipur Ranchi Pipeline in the districts of Jagatsinghpur, Cuttack, Khorda and Puri in the state of Odisha.