In a big relief for the Adani Group, the Supreme Court has ruled that port operations at Adani Hazira Port Private Limited (AHPPL) can continue as usual.
The apex court’s ruling came in the case relating to AHPPL, a 100% subsidiary of Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited, challenging the January 8 order passed by the National Green Tribunal, Pune, inter alia, cancelling the environmental clearance for expansion of facilities.
“The matter was heard by the Supreme Court and the Court has stated that the port operations can continue as usual.”
“The matter was heard by the Supreme Court and the Court has stated that the port operations can continue as usual. Therefore, there is no impact on port operations. Environment clearance dated May 3, 2013 permitted construction of liquid cargo storage which is already completed. The Court has said that we can continue construction activity as per EC dated June 26, 2003 which was anyway not challenged,” the company said in a statement.
“Thus, there is no impact on further construction as well. Hence, neither our construction nor operations are affected in any manner. The Court has also stayed the direction of demolition of 25 ha area, on condition that AHPPL will deposit Rs 25 crores before the Collector which is to be kept in escrow account till matter is finally heard. Notices have been issued to MOEF and all respondents and the matter is kept for hearing after 6 weeks,” the statement said.
The National Green Tribunal had ruled earlier that the project was expanded in an irresponsible manner and quashed the environment clearances.
Senior counsel P Chidambaram tried to show to the judges that the project was going on with every clearance demanded by law. Every authority has filed affidavits affirming clearances. Ships are docking and 10 miilion liquid cargo is arriving now while the target is 15 million a year.
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