Dhinkia villagers upset as IOCL begins pipeline works – The New Indian Express

Through Express press service

PARADIP: Amid continued unrest against steel plant project by JSW, pipeline laying for IOCL’s Paradip-Hyderabad Product Pipeline (PHPL) project in Dhinkia village started on Wednesday much to the chagrin of villagers .

The villagers alleged that the company had seized gochar land to lay pipelines on, which is breaking the rules as it has not yet been de-reserved and their consent has not been taken in the matter .

Sources said the villagers mainly depend on cattle and their pastures are taken care of by the administration, allegedly in connection with the IOCL. A fight between the villagers and the IOCL authorities has been going on for years now.

A petition has also been filed in the Orissa High Court to order the parties involved to refrain from using gochar land under the provisions of the Odisha Government Land Settlement Act 1962. According to the law, there is a provision for de-reservation of gochar land.

By law, no government land registered as Gochar may be set aside for any purpose or settled without being de-set aside in accordance with the provisions. Despite orders, in December 2020, IOCL started laying the pipeline again without obtaining the right of way (ROW) from the state government, thus inviting resistance from the villagers.

In January 2021, the HC ordered Jagatsinghpur collector Sangram Keshari Mohapatra to stop the IOCL authority from using the pastures for industrial purposes in accordance with the law, but work has continued intermittently. Finally, on December 22, 2021, IOCL evacuated the land by moving the pipes after villagers erected bamboo fences restricting the entry of company officials.

“Our lands are forcibly taken away from us for the pipeline project under the guise of job creation and other benefits, but all of this is done illegally and does not benefit us at all,” said Jindal Pratirodha member Debendra Swain. Sangram Samiti (JPSS). When contacted, Erasama tehsildar C Pragyananda Das said laying of the pipeline has resumed without any resistance from the villagers. “We have not received any orders from HC to prevent IOCL from carrying out the activity,” Das added.

Meanwhile, Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Rameswar Teli on Thursday canceled a congratulatory program at IOCL’s Paradip refinery in view of the model code of conduct promulgated by the State Election Commission. (DRY).

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