Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Friday said it was waiting to see the order issued by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) in the matter of Posco's proposed mega steel plant in the state while environment activists demanded scarping of the South Korean project.

"We'll be able to react over the NGT's judgement on Posco project only after going through the order copy," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters.

Terming Posco project as the country's biggest Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Patnaik said the proposed steel plant would fetch good revenue for both the centre and the state besides providing jobs for local youths.

NGT's order was hailed by environmental activist Prafulla Samantra, who had moved the Apex body seeking quashing of the environmental clearance granted to Posco on the ground that it was "contrary to the provisions of the EIA Notification 2006" and was "illegal and arbitrary"

"It is the right time for both Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to ask the South Korean steel major to go back," Samantra told PTI adding that NGT had endorsed his stand.

Alleging that different laws concerning protection of environment, forest, coastal zone and water were violated while the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) granted both environment and forest clearance to Posco's Rs 52,000 crore proposed project.

 "Both the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister should understand that they were for implementation of the laws and not to bend them for the benefits of any multinational company," Samantra said.

 Welcoming NGT's judgement, Water Initiative of Odisha (WIO), a body fighting for conservation of water sources in the state, also demanded scarping of the Posco project.

 Odisha government should stop all construction activities at the proposed plant site forthwith, said WIO leader Ranjan Panda adding NGT had also stressed upon looking into creation of own water sources for major industries.

WIO also asked the state government to review condition of all major industries of the state in this regard. "Stop diverting drinking water and irrigation to industrial use,"
Panda said.