Paradip: Amid opposition from villagers, the Orissa Government on 7 February resumed the socio-economic survey at Posco’s proposed plant site near here, in the presence of police.
A team of revenue officials led by the district’s land acquisition officer, Surjit Das, reached Noliasahi village under Godakujanga gram panchayat this morning and began the socio-economic survey.
“We have completed the survey of nearly 40 families so far,” Das told PTI. He said the survey would also be carried out at Polang, Bhuyanpal and Bainal village.
The survey was being carried out by 12 teams, and three platoons of armed police were deployed for the purpose, official sources said.
Meanwhile, hundreds of people came out of their houses and detained two vehicles carrying officials at Gadakujanga village chowk, they said.
Another group of protesters also gathered near Mahavir Mandir to oppose the entry of officials to their village.
The socio-economic survey has been stopped thrice earlier due to resistance from the villagers.
The completion of the survey has become necessary since the state government has assured Posco it would be able to hold ground-breaking ceremony on 1 April.
Director General of Police Gopal, Chandra Nanda, visited the area on 6 February to review the law and order situation.