Construction work at six million tonne per annum integrated steel plant and 1,000 megawatt captive power plant of Jindal Steel and Power in Angul district was partially closed today as villagers,from whom the land was acquired,launched a blockade demanding higher compensation.
Commercial activities in the area was hit as villagers from about 40 nearby areas squatted on the road connecting Angul and Chhendipada. Accusing district administration of reneging on its assurance,Sanatan Sahu,secretary of Birankeswar Shilpanchal Khyatigrastha Prajasangha,spearheading the agitation,said the people were assured that their demands would be taken up at RPDAC meeting.
The protesters said they would continue the agitation until their demands were met. On January 25,a 19-day blockade was lifted on being assured by the district administration that their demands would be taken up in the RPDAC.