The litigant K Chellam of Saminatham village in Thoothukudi submitted that through the impugned notification dated October 5, 2018, the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) proposed to lay underground gas pipelines at a cost of `700 crore from the gas fields in Ramanathapuram to supply natural gas to its anchor customers — Southern Petroleum Industries Corporation (SPIC), Sterlite, and Dhrangadhra Chemical Works Limited (DCW) in Thoothukudi.
For this purpose, the IOCL planned to acquire several acres of agricultural lands in South Veerapandiapuram and Saminatham villages in Thoothukudi, including her land, the litigant stated. The litigant also claimed that though the proposed pipeline would cross a number of rivers, canals, roads, forest areas and eco-sensitive zones, no environmental clearance had been obtained for the project. Read More
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