Environment Ministry defers clearance for steel plant in Odisha

After South Koren steel major Posco pulled out from the mega steel plant project in Odisha, JSW Steel is now seeking forest clearance for the project from the union environment ministry.

The steel project is worth Rs 65,000 crore. According to a DNA report, the Odisha government, which has transferred land to JSW-Steel to build the 12-MTPA steel plant, has sought the transfer of forest clearance from the forest advisory committee (FAC) of the environment ministry.

The FAC took up the project for an appraisal on February 21 but deferred transfer of clearance in order to seek a legal opinion on the issue, minutes of the meeting stated. JSW Steel requires 1,083.69 hectares of forest land for the steel plant.

The FAC stated: “The issue of transfer of forest clearance approval needs legal interpretation”. It directed the state government to submit a detailed land use plans from the time Posco was in-charge of the project and plans of JSW Steel as of now along with a comparative statement of the components, which were allowed for Posco India Ltd and those proposed for JSW Utkal Steel.

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