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Betel vine workers lose livelihood as Posco scraps Odisha project

In the second of a three-part series on land acquisition, Business Standard visits Nuagaon, one of the project sites for Posco

A villager walks at the POSCO India Odisha Project site office at Gobindpur village in Jagatsinghpur district, in Odisha
A villager walks at the POSCO India Odisha Project site office at Gobindpur village in Jagatsinghpur district, in Odisha

As one drives into Nuagaon village - 15 km from Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district - an eerie silence that engulfs the village in the festive season is palpable and stands starkly in contrast to the cacophony of excitement and celebration in the surrounding areas on the way. It was not always like this. In 2005, when South Korean steel major Posco announced a mega steel plant, the village was abuzz with politicians, government officials and corporate executives visiting the place regularly. "No dignitary has visited our village in the past two years," says Tamil Pradhan, a ...