The Karnataka government today seemed to have succumbed to protests by a section of farmers at Halligudi in the Gadag district against Posco's Rs 32,000 crore steel plant.
Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa said in Bangalore the state government has decided to stall the Posco project in Halligudi. He said the decision will not be changed.
“We have put a full stop on Halligudi as far the steel plant of Posco is concerned. There is no rethink on it. The company has asked us to give them land in some other place. We are searching for an alternative site in other districts and we will announce the decision in a week,” Yeddyurappa told reporters.
The state Industries Minister Murugesh R Nirani said the government would denotify the 3,382 acres at Halligudi. However, he said the government had not decided on relocating the project elsewhere in the state.
Earlier this morning, Yeddyurappa had said: “The Posco plant will not come up in Gadag district, even if farmers come forward to give lands. The government will relocate the project elsewhere, where farmers voluntarily give land.”