Adani port to pay Rs 25 cr in damages

Adani port to pay Rs 25 cr in damages

National Green Tribunal on Saturday directed Adani-Hazira Port Private Limited and Hazira Infrastructure Private Limited to pay Rs 25 crore in four weeks towards compensation and restoration of damages to the environment.

A bench comprising Justice V R Kingaonkar (Judicial Member) and Dr Ajay A Deshpande (Expert Member), issued the directive in a case filed by Hazira Machchimaar Samiti challenging Environmental Clearance (EC) granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) in 2013 for further development of Port activities at Hazira in Surat.

The tribunal has also instructed the collector to demolish the construction over 25 hectares and restore the land in case the company refuses to comply with its order.

The NGT bench in Surat ordered the Adani group to deposit Rs 25 crore with the Surat Collector, which shall be kept in an escrow account till further directions with regard to compensation and restoration.

The tribunal also directed the Adani group to pay the litigation cost of Rs 200,000 to each of the members of the Machhimaar Samiti.

In their complaint to the NGT, Hazira Machchimaar Samiti alleged that the 2013 environment clearance to Hazira port was invalid. They alleged that the company had begun construction work without any legal approval.

As per an agreement signed with the Gujarat Maritime Board in April 2002, the company had to plant mangroves in 550 hectares but no plantation was done.

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