"Although the ministry on December 11, 2006, asked the state
government to furnish a detailed report on the project, no such report has been
filed or received yet," the report added.
In a recent letter, as
said in the agency report, the ministry has expressed surprise over the
acts of the state authorities who allowed the firm to utilise the forest
land even though the final approval for the land's diversion for
industrial use was kept in abeyance. MoEF has asked the state government
to furnish a comprehensive report indicating the reasons and
circumstances under which the company was allowed to work even before
the final approval was granted.
The ministry, in its
letter, has asked the Odisha government, "Why the approval accorded
under the Forest (Conservation) Act, 1980, shall not be permanently
withdrawn and the user agency be directed to restore the forest land
back to its original status after its full reclamation?"
The ministry has also asked the state
government to submit the name and designation of people responsible for
allowing the company to undertake work for construction of the steel
plant even before the final approval was accorded.
It’s to be noted that the Odisha
government under the leadership of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has
received several allegations of undue favour to Bhushan Steel in
different times before.