Arcellor Mittal has decided to seek the state government’s help to acquire land for its mega project in Jharkhand after more than six years of signing Memorandum of Understanding. P S Prasad, Mittal’s General Manager has sought the government’s intervention to acquire 2500 acres of land spread across two blocks in Petrewar and Chass in Bokaro under the Jharkhand Voluntary Land Acquisition Rules 2010 (VLAR).
Mittal was to build two steel plants having capacity of six million tonnes annual capacity according to the MOU signed in 2005 for its Greenfield venture which is worth Rs 40000 crores. Further they had plans to build technical institutions, a township and a 2500 MW thermal power plant.
Earlier, the identified location was Arki and Kamdara blocks of Khunti and Gumla disctrict. However the Mittals were forced to give up the land owing to protests of the Anti Dispalcement bodies. Subsequent to this, they identified land in Peterwar and Chas blocks of Bokaro yet they continued to face continued resistance by the anti displacement bodies inspite of the land owners agreeing to sell their lands.
According to the VLAR,the company can purchase the land ,take possession and use it for industrial purpose provided its owner agreed to sell it by giving declaration in the form of an affidavit to the company and the state government okaying the transfer of ownership to it in accordance with its Resettlement and Rehabilitation Policy.
The land revenue industry department has now sought details of the land needed by them so that they can act in accordance with the law.