''No major difficulties to meet MoEF''s condition for Posco''

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Bhubaneswar, Feb 1 (PTI) A day after the Ministry ofEnvironment and Forest gave conditional clearance to the USD12 billion plant by Posco, Orissa government''s nodal officerfor the project today said it is not difficult to meet theclauses set by the Centre.

"Many conditions were already there for the project.

It will not be difficult to meet them," Priyabrat Patnaik,nodal officer for Posco project, said.

Stating that the government and the steel major willfulfill all the conditions before starting work at the projectsite, Patnaik said the state had already acquired about 400acres of private land peacefully.

The land acquisition for the project was, however,stopped in the wake of a directive from the Ministry ofEnvironment and Forest after visit of members of the S CSaxena Committee in August.

Admittig that there was resistance from the localpeople, Patnaik claimed that their (opponents) number could beless than 10 per cent while rest of the villagers wanted tosee the project at Dhinkia village near Paradip.

Replying a question, Patnaik said the state governmenthad already decided to leave out about 378 acres of privateland at Dhinkia village.

"The state government has already informed Posco inthis regard and the company is ready to exclude these 378acre private land from its design," Patnaik said.

He, however, said that there was no restriction on theadministration or the company to start work on the non-forestgovernment land.

Of the 4004 acres of land required for setting up the12mtpa steel mill near Paradip, about 2900 acre werecategorised as forest land.

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