HC allows Lance to remove machineries

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Cuttack: The Orissa High Court today allowed Lanco Infratech Limited to remove its movable properties like machineries and materials from Mahanadi islet at Hadia Patha here where the company was constructing an `intake well`.

The High Court, which had earlier ordered a `status quo` at the site, allowed company to remove its properties following a prayer made in this regard by the Lanco stating that its expensive machineries and materials are lying idle at the site.

Allowing the petition of Lanco, a Division Bench of the HC comprising Justice B P Das and Justice S K Mishra posted the matter to be heard again next month.

 The Haryana-based company had entered into an agreement as a sub-contractor to construct the intake well and laying of pipelines for transportation of water from Cuttack city to IOC`s refinery at Paradip, a distance of nearly 90 kms.

But adjudicating over a PIL in this matter, the High Court had slapped a stay on the impugned constructions in July this year.

The proposed oil refinery and petrochemical complex of the IOC is coming up at Abhayachandrapur near Paradip for processing 15 million MT of crude oil per annum. The project also envisages dispatch of LPG and crude products by pipelines after developing marine facilities like jetty at Paradip.

The construction of intake well in the islet faced flak from different political parties and other outfits who are objecting to diversion of river water for industrial purposes.

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