Political parties opposing the land acquisition for Posco steel plant in Jagatsinghpur district of Orissa have raised concerns against the project after the company won final forest clearance from the central government to buy land.

Terming the final nod as violation of the Forest Act 2006, they suggest Posco should set up its plant in barren land and not in a fertile area. They want the state government to intervene and prevent any land acquisition.

The parties say three quarters of the proposed 4004 acre land belongs to forest area and said the soil is fertile for crops such as paddy, cashew nut, coconut, banana, cereals and pulses.

The Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF), debated the issue for almost five years and gave its final clearance to the Posco project on May 2.

The state government decided the land acquisition for the project can start almost immediately.