Expert team to submit report on Posco by October

August 23rd, 2012 - 12:00 am ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, Aug 22 (IANS) An expert team reviewing the environmental impact assessment of Posco’s proposed $12 billion steel plant in Odisha will submit its report by October, the team said here Wednesday.

“We will submit the report by October,” team leader K. Roy Paul said after visiting the project site in Jagatsinghpur district and meeting senior state officials here.

The former civil aviation secretary said the panel led by him will submit its report to the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

The four-member team deputed by the ministry is conducting the study afresh as the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in March suspended the environment clearance granted earlier to the project, citing violation and asked for a fresh review.

Other members of the committee who have accompanied Paul include S.R. Wate, director of National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI); R. Ramesh, director of the National Centre for Sustainable Coastal Management (NCSCM), and R.D. Singh, director of the National Institute of Hydrology (NIH).

The Odisha government had inked an agreement with the South Korean steel major in 2005 for the 12 million tonnes per annum steel project near the port town of Paradip in district Jagatsinghpur, about 120 km from here.

The $12 billion steel project, touted as the largest foreign investment in India, is yet to make any significance progress due to local protests and regulatory hurdles.

It faced a major setback when the green tribunal suspended the environment clearance granted in January last year, saying that the permission was accorded on the basis of a study conducted for a four million tonnes per annum steel plant instead of 12 million tonnes.

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