sixth-largest steel maker since its acquisition of Corus Plc in January this year,
Tata Steel Ltd expects to commence work at its proposed 6-million tonne steel
plant in Orissa in November and has ordered plant equipment worth Rs4,500 crore
reporters in Bhubaneshwar after meeting Orissa chief minister Navin Patnaik, B
Muthuraman managing director, Tata Steel, said, "We will start construction
in November this year."
Muthuraman indicated that the company''s request for iron ore mines from the Orissa
government were expected, the state government has not yet taken a decision as
various other contenders who plan to locate steel plants in the state such as
Posco and L N Mittal''s Mittal Steel have also expressed an interest in acquiring
captive iron ore mines, an issue which the state government regards as a potential
Tata Steel had signed a memorandum of understanding with the state government
three years back in 2004 to invest in a steel plant at Kalinga Nagar, the project
has been mired in controversy due to protests over the compulsory land acquisition.
The Orissa government has allotted around 2,000 acres of land for the project.
said so far 620 families had moved from the site and the company needed to shift
a total of 1,200 families. The tribals on whose land the project is proposed to
be located claim they have yet to be compensated and have clashed with the police
leading to 13 protestors being shot dead, leading to the project having come to
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