New Indian Express reported that the public hearing, necessary to get people’s consent for obtaining environmental clearance for the mega steel project, for the expansion of JSPL’s subsidiary Jindal Steel Odisha was held successfully without any opposition from locals on 28 September 2022. Jindal Steel Odisha plant currently has a capacity of 6 million tonne per annum and plans to expand the capacity to 25.2 million tonne per annum in next five years.The meet was held at Sabhaghara under the chairmanship of Angul ADM Mr Rajanikanta Swain. Around 30 representatives of around 15 villages participated. Most of the representatives emphasised on provision of employment, protection of the environment and more CSR activities in the area. They also demanded a super speciality hospital, technical university and more compensation to the project-affected people. The representatives suggested certain measures to curb pollution. Regional officer of State Pollution Control Board Mr Anup Mallik said the public hearing was held peacefully and there was no opposition from the locals. Those who spoke at the meet were in favour of the steel project.