Report by OrissaDiary.com bureau; Bhubaneswar: Minister Commerce & Transport Department Sri Sanjeev Sahoo has expressed his deep concern on progress of land acquisition /alienation of lands for Astaranga minor port which is supposed to start its construction activity from this year i.e. 2012.
While reviewing the development of port at Astaranga, he said as per the concession agreement which was signed on 22.11.2010, Director of Ports and I.W.T under C&T Department has filed requisition of acquisition / alienation of Government and private lands for 1464.120 acres and 2435.867 acres respectively. 13 villages under Astaranga Tahasil in Puri District will be affected and under Rehabilitation and resettlement policy-2006 they will be provide special packages.
However, due to shortage of manpower the economic survey work is in delay, suggested the Navayuga engineering Company Ltd. Though the Finance Department has cleared in principle for filling up of posts for the special land acquisition officers for Astaranga Port in Puri, Environmental clearance is yet to be accepted.
Meanwhile to start the progress, the meeting opined that Collector Puri to take accelerated steps to make survey and land acquisition /alienation work in an urgent basis. Among others Principal Secretary, R&DM, Principal Secretary, C&T Department, officials from Navayuga Engineering Company Ltd., Hyderabad were present.