Naveen Hints at Shelving CBM Project of Essar - The New Indian Express

Naveen Hints at Shelving CBM Project of Essar

Published: 06th April 2014 09:28 AM

Last Updated: 06th April 2014 09:28 AM

Sensing the mood of the voters and resistance of people to proposed exploration and test production of Coal Bed Methane (CBM) by Essar Oil Limited (EOL) in Rairakhol Assembly segment in Sambalpur district, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik indirectly hinted that the project would not be allowed if BJD is voted to power.

Addressing a public meeting at Batgaon in Naktideul block here on Saturday, Naveen said he had come to know that a project is going to be set up in the area and clarified that the BJD Government would not let the project operationalise. However, BJD nominee for Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituency Nagendra Pradhan mentioned the name of EOL and said the project would not be permitted. He added that the Central Government has recommended for the project.

Villagers have long been opposing exploration and test production of CBM by EOL in Hitasara of Batgaon gram panchayat in Naktideul block along with villagers of Reamal block in Deogarh district and Chhendipada in Angul district, which form part of Sambalpur Lok Sabha constituency, as gas will be explored in 557 square km of forest land. Naveen assured voters of fulfilling all promises made in the BJD manifesto if his party is voted to power.

Speaking about development works undertaken in last 14 years, the Chief Minister said he would work for development of Odisha till his last breath. “The Odisha Government has played a pivotal role in providing land rights to tribals besides extending food security to the poor,” he said.

He added that all the State Highways in Western Odisha would be converted into four lane roads.

Deogarh: Addressing a public meeting at Kalla under Barkote block of Deogarh district, Naveen said BJD iscommitted to overall development of the district. He spoke about recommending inclusion of Kosali language in Eighth Schedule of Constitution. Castigating the national parties, he said none of them has mentioned Odisha in their manifesto.

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