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Gujarat High Court asks PIL petitioners over alleged breach of environment by Adani to approach Green Tribunal

Written By Gopal Krishna on Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 4:04 AM

While the proposed project involving ship breaking is likely to lead to the destruction of mangroves, creeks, mudflats, inter tidal areas and adjoining ecologically fragile areas according to the villagers, the Gujarat High Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking action against two Adani group companies for allegedly violating environmental norms in two villages in Kutch district on December 8, 2014. The court refused to direct Adani to stop discharge of its waste water to the outfall channel without complying with conditions stipulated in the environmental clearance issued by the MoEF

The division bench of acting Chief Justice V M Sahai and Justice R P Dholaria dimissed the PIL filed by Kheti Vikas Seva Trust. 
The court told the petitioner to approach the National Green Tribunal bench Pune. The villagers and environmental groups have claimed that environmental irregularities by Adani Power Ltd (APL) and Adani Port and Special Economic Zone Ltd (APSEZL) in Mundra taluka of Kutch district merit remedy. 

The PIL, filed in June, 2013 alleged non-compliance of conditions set by the central ministry of environment and forests (MoEF). The conditions were given while granting environmental clearance to the project in 2009 and 2010. 

"Adani Port Ltd has constructed the water outfall channel from the power plant in the Kotdi Creek area violating conditions set by the union government," the PIL submitted. The MoEF had asked the company to stop construction in the Creek area. 
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