Expressing concern over last month’s violence at its project site in Jagatsinghpur district, Korean steelmaker Posco has requested the Naveen Patnaik government to maintain law and order in the area.
On February 16, hundreds of people, displaced from their land due to the project, torched Posco’s pre-fabricated office and brought down a 300-metre boundary wall at Nuagaon village. The oustees also attacked workers of a construction company engaged by Posco to build the boundary wall at the proposed site for the $12 billion project.
Following a five-month stand-off, Posco had started building the boundary wall on December 14. A 2-km wall had come up within two months.
In a letter to the Orissa chief secretary, Posco India CMD Yong-Won Yoon said the violence defeated the spirit of the company’s MoU with the state government: “Certain anti-social elements demomished our boundary wall, set our offices on fire and also blocked entry into the site area. Incidences of violence have taken place earlier as well… Such incidents of violence, arsoning and destruction of our property are a blatant breach of law. It’s not helpful for the project at all.”