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South Korea's POSCO offers to surrender land for planned India steel project

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By Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, (Reuters) - South Korean steelmaker has asked the eastern state of in to take back land it acquired for a $12 billion steel project as it has not been able to start work, two senior state officials said on Saturday.

The move could be a sign that the world's fourth-biggest steelmaker is scrapping the proposed 12 million-tonnes-a-year steel plant in the Indian state.

In a letter to the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), a state government agency that arranges to make industrial plots available to companies, has offered to surrender the land.

The state government had leased about 2,700 acres of land to POSCO, which the company has now offered to surrender.

"has asked us to take back the land as it could not utilize it as per the lease deed condition," IDCO chief general manager for land management Susanta Kumar Mohanty told

State Industry Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the land acquired for the project will now go into the IDCO land bank.

officials could not be contacted outside of normal business hours.

The 2005 project was billed as India's biggest foreign direct investment at that time, but it has faced a series of delays due to a regulatory maze and protests from the local farmers.

A mining law enacted by the federal government in 2015 made it mandatory for the company to buy a mining license for captive mines in an auction. Originally, the government had promised to help the company obtain the licence for free.

(Reporting by by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Manoj Kumar and Tom Hogue)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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By Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, (Reuters) - South Korean steelmaker has asked the eastern state of in to take back land it acquired for a $12 billion steel project as it has not been able to start work, two senior state officials said on Saturday.

The move could be a sign that the world's fourth-biggest steelmaker is scrapping the proposed 12 million-tonnes-a-year steel plant in the Indian state.

In a letter to the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), a state government agency that arranges to make industrial plots available to companies, has offered to surrender the land.

The state government had leased about 2,700 acres of land to POSCO, which the company has now offered to surrender.

"has asked us to take back the land as it could not utilize it as per the lease deed condition," IDCO chief general manager for land management Susanta Kumar Mohanty told

State Industry Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the land acquired for the project will now go into the IDCO land bank.

officials could not be contacted outside of normal business hours.

The 2005 project was billed as India's biggest foreign direct investment at that time, but it has faced a series of delays due to a regulatory maze and protests from the local farmers.

A mining law enacted by the federal government in 2015 made it mandatory for the company to buy a mining license for captive mines in an auction. Originally, the government had promised to help the company obtain the licence for free.

(Reporting by by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Manoj Kumar and Tom Hogue)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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South Korea's POSCO offers to surrender land for planned India steel project

By Jatindra Dash

BHUBANESWAR, (Reuters) - South Korean steelmaker has asked the eastern state of in to take back land it acquired for a $12 billion steel project as it has not been able to start work, two senior state officials said on Saturday.

The move could be a sign that the world's fourth-biggest steelmaker is scrapping the proposed 12 million-tonnes-a-year steel plant in the Indian state.

In a letter to the Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation (IDCO), a state government agency that arranges to make industrial plots available to companies, has offered to surrender the land.

The state government had leased about 2,700 acres of land to POSCO, which the company has now offered to surrender.

"has asked us to take back the land as it could not utilize it as per the lease deed condition," IDCO chief general manager for land management Susanta Kumar Mohanty told

State Industry Minister Debi Prasad Mishra said the land acquired for the project will now go into the IDCO land bank.

officials could not be contacted outside of normal business hours.

The 2005 project was billed as India's biggest foreign direct investment at that time, but it has faced a series of delays due to a regulatory maze and protests from the local farmers.

A mining law enacted by the federal government in 2015 made it mandatory for the company to buy a mining license for captive mines in an auction. Originally, the government had promised to help the company obtain the licence for free.

(Reporting by by Jatindra Dash; Editing by Manoj Kumar and Tom Hogue)

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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