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Government bows down, cancels proposed brewery in Dhenkanal

Bhubaneswwar/Dhenkanal: After much hue and cry, the Odisha government today cancelled the proposed beer factory at Balarampur in Dhenkanal district.

Under severe pressure from different quarters, CM Naveen Patnaik today ordered to stop the project. The fresh order comes on the basis of the report of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC).

The Opposition parties came down heavily on the government for felling over 500 trees from Jhinkaragadi forest near Balarampur to acquire land for the brewery. Despite stiff resistance by the villagers to protect their forest, the district administration had cut down sal trees from the forest in presence of police.

The BJP first raised the issue in the Assembly while Congress also supported.

Later on yesterday, the CM ordered stoppage of tree felling and asked RDC to probe the matter.

The proposed beer factory was expected to come up on 600 acre of forest land. On November 3, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had laid the foundation stone for the project through video conferencing.

On the other hand, the residents of Balarampur, who convened a meeting today to continue their protest against the beer bottling plant, expressed pleasure over the government decision, but demanded adequate compensation for the number of tree felled down and afforestation programme on the same land.

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