Survey work at Posco’s proposed Posco steel plant near Paradip in Orissa, India has resumed.

The work started four days after anti-Posco protestors agreed to co-operate with the Orissa government. About eight teams of six people each were allowed to enter the site to conduct a socio-economic and forest land survey without police protection.

Eight platoons of armed police were kept on standby in case of further protests.

Posco signed an agreement in 2005 with the Orissa government to set up a 12Mt/y greenfield steel plant near Paradip in Jagatsinghpur district costing about of $12bn.

In the first phase, the company was expected to build a 4Mt/y steel plant by 2011-12 and gradually expand the production total to 12Mt/y.