The government has decided to go ahead with its 11-megawatt waste-to energy plant project at Bhuasuni on the city outskirts. A public hearing on the project will be held on June 6.
The project has been hanging fire due to opposition by local villagers citing that it would cause air pollution. They had also knocked the doors of Orissa High Court and the National Green Tribunal. The villagers had boycotted the panchayat polls in February in protest against the energy plant project.
But Orissa High Court and the Calcutta bench of the National Green Tribunal have given the green signal to the project, making it easier for the state government to go ahead with it. The government today decided to go ahead with the project at a meeting of officials chaired by chief secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi. It was decided at the meeting that a public hearing would be conducted by the Odisha State Pollution Control Board on June 6. The police was asked to provide all help for successful conduct of the hearing.
Today’s meeting was attended by the home secretary, director general of police, police commissioner and secretaries and other senior officials of the housing and urban development department, water resources department, the Odisha State Pollution Control Board, Swachch Bharat Mission officials and the Khurda district collector. Read More…