Paradeep: The Public Hearing for the proposed 4.5 MTPA captive riverine jetty of ArcelorMittal Nippon Steel India (AM/NS India) at the bank of River Mahanadi located in Udayabata village of Paradeep in Jagatsinghpur District has been conducted by Regional Office of Odisha State Pollution Control Board (OSPCB).

Paradeep ADM Dr. Kanhu Charan Dhir presided over the meeting. OSPCB regional Officer, Puskar Chandra Behera conducted the public hearing meeting in presence of Paradeep Additional SP Nimain Charan Sethy, IIC Paradeep Lock Police Station Sabyasachi Rout, IIC, Paradeep OSPCB deputy environment engineers Bibechita Sarangi and Twinkle Mohanty.

From project proponent side of AM/NS India, Suresha G, executive director, Odisha operations, Suresha G., head-environment Akash Mohapatra, head-ports Subhakant Dash, joint general manager, corporate affairs, PK Mohanty, head-CSR Dr Vikas Yadvendu, and senior manager environment Suvendu Dash were present.

With an aim to minimize air pollution by negating road transport through trucks, AM/NS India has planned to come up with a captive riverine jetty at Paradeep. This will help in reducing road traffic to Paradeep port and also help in reducing carbon footprint. The proposed riverine barge jetty would be constructed on the vacant land having waterfront of about 600 metre and is located adjacent to the existing pellet plant and 60 MW (30 x 2) thermal power plant. Both outbound iron ore pellets and import raw material would be transferred from the jetty to Paradip Port and vice versa.

The estimated project cost for the 4.5 MTPA riverine barge jetty will be approximately INR 156.85 crores. This project will create job opportunity for 220 people during the construction phase and 110 people during the operational period of jetty. Local youth would be given priority in employment, based on skills. Besides, the company has set aim to bring all round development in local community.

AM/NS India, Odisha operation, head-environment Akash Mohapatra explained the probable impact envisaged and environment management programme to be implemented as mitigation measures to minimize the impact on environment. He assured that the best technology will be deployed for safeguarding of the environment and protection of the riverbank.

In addition to the project details, people present in the meeting enquired about the various aspects related to environmental pollution, community & peripheral development, employment benefits, which were then apprised by AM/NS India representatives. Nearly 700 people including members of the local community, NGOs, representatives of media were present during the meeting. A total of 80 persons from the community spoke on the occasion out of which 75 persons spoke in favour of the proposed project and extended their support.

Paradeep ADM Dr. Kanhu Charan Dhir thanked the participants for their overwhelming support for the proposed riverine jetty project of AM/NS India at Paradeep.