SC to Hear Vizhinjam port project Plea by Kerala

Published on: 25 Aug, 2014
Published under: Kerala Business News, Thiruvananthapuram District News

The Supreme Court on Friday decided to examine an appeal filed by the Kerala government against a decision of the Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) to judicially review the multi-crore Vizhinjam port project, a multipurpose deepwater transshipment port at the southern tip of India.

In a July 17 judgment, a five-member Principal Bench of the NGT, led by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, transferred the Vizhinjam case files to Delhi from the tribunal’s Southern Bench in Chennai.

The Principal Bench intends to look into the question of whether a Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) notification issued in 2011 should be amended to include the Vizhinjam coast in Kerala as “an area of outstanding natural beauty” and “likely to be inundated due to rise in sea level consequent upon global warming” and, thus, put it in CRZ-I category.

The port project had got environmental and coastal zone regulation clearance from the Union Environment Ministry on January 3, 2014.

Agreeing the matter was of utmost importance, the Supreme Court’s Green Bench agreed to a hearing on September 5.


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