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JSW new plant: JSW Utkal Steel receives possession of 2600 acres forest land in Odisha for greenfield Integrated Steel Plant


JSW Steel’s arm JSW Utkal Steel has received documents pertaining to the handing over of possession for the forest land admeasuring 2677.80 acres from the Divisional Forest Officer, Mangrove Forest Division (WL), Rajnagar for setting up of greenfield Integrated Steel Plant (ISP), the company informed the exchanges on Friday.

The total land required for the said plant by the company was 2950.31 acres of which 2677.80 acres was forest land and 272.51 acres of non-forest land, which was already leased to the subsidiary by the Government of Odisha.

On April 15, 2022 JSW Utkal Steel Ltd received environmental clearance (EC) for setting up of a greenfield ISP of 13.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) crude steel from the Union Ministry of Environment & Forest and Climate Change.

This was further re-validated by the Ministry in September 2023 with additional and modified EC conditions, the company had said.

The factory will likely cost about Rs 65,000 crore and includes the associated facilities that will be constructed at the site. It will be one of the largest manufacturing sites in India, and could take up to 5-7 years to reach its complete planned capacity.

The upcoming plant has met staunch opposition from locals. Around two dozen villagers including women and teenagers protesting the construction of the JSW Utkal Steel plant were injured following a clash with the police in January 2022. The police resorted to lathi charge to disperse the protesters.


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