New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday asked Posco India Pvt. Ltd to respond satisfactorily to the Central Empowered Committee, or CEC, objections on its proposed mega steel plant in Orissa.
Posco India is the Indian subsidiary of the South Korean steel major Pohang Steel Co. (Posco) that has proposed to invest Rs 51,000 crore in the Orissa project.
CEC is a court-constituted panel of experts that advises the Supreme Court in the Forest Case, which was filed in 1995 questioning diversion of forest land for various projects.
It includes applications opposing several mining projects, dams and other infrastructure projects across India.
Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi, who represented Posco, told the court that the Posco project was significant since it was the largest foreign direct investment in India.
“The government and CEC have cleared it, kindly consider the site of the plant,” he told the apex court.
CEC in its report to the court had objected to piecemeal clearance of land required for the Posco project.
Harish Salve, who is assisting the court as amicus curiae, said since the project involved a large amount of land and the region is eco-sensitive, the land for the project needs to be “earmarked and identified.”
The case will now be heard on 4 April.