A long wait for Posco (Timeline)

January 31st, 2011 - 8:39 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Jan 31 (IANS) It took almost five years for the South Korean steel major Posco’s $12 billion project in Orissa to get an environment clearance. The environment ministry Monday accorded conditional clearance to the project.

Here is the timeline:

June 2005: The Orissa government and Posco sign an agreement for setting up a steel plant in the state.

Sep 2006: Posco applies for environmental clearance for the captive port. It is granted in May 2007.

April 2007: Posco applies for environmental clearance for the captive power-cum-steel plant. It is granted in July 2007.

June 2007: The Orissa government seeks approval from the environment ministry for diversion of 1,253 hectares of forest land to Posco.

Sep 2008: The stage-one clearance for diversion of forest land is granted. The final clearance for diversion of forest land is given in December 2009.

Jan 2010: The environment ministry tells the Orissa government that the final approval for diversion of forest land is conditional and subject to the settlement of rights of forest dwellers.

March 2010: The Orissa government says there are no traditional forest dwellers in the area.

April 2010: The ministry forms committee under N.C. Saxena which finds that there are forest dwellers in the area.

July 2010: A four-member committee under former environment secretary Meena Gupta is formed to examine all issues relating to transfer of forest land.

Aug 2011: The ministry puts project on hold.

Oct 2010: The four-member committee in its report gives a divided opinion.

Jan 2011: The ministry gives conditional clearance to the project.

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