ArcelorMittal gramsabha at Keonjhar 'peaceful'

Written by State Bureau | Jamshedpur , Aug 7 | Updated: Aug 8 2008, 06:36am hrs
Steel giant ArcelorMittal, which is planning to set up a 12-million tonne project in Orissa's Keonjhar district, on Thursday successfully held a gramsabha (first by the company) at the Bhrungarajposi village, where it is seeking land.

According to the company, hundreds of residents, who had gathered to attend the sabha, showed their willingness for the project with a unanimous signing of a gramsabha resolution in support of the proposed steel plant.

The villagers also brought to the forefront some concerns and the need for more information.

"We thank the people of Bhrungarajposi and Raikala villages for their support. We have noted their concerns and would make all efforts to address the same to the best of our ability," said Vijay Bhatnagar, chief executive officer of ArcelorMittal India .

The company added that while the gramsabha went undisrupted and peaceful, some protests were carried out in the vicinity.

ArcelorMittal has sought around 7,750 acres for the Keonjhar plant.