Two public interest litigations (PILs) filed in the Gujarat High Court challenging the construction of a road connecting Adani Group’s Mundra Port in Kutch district to the National Highway-8A were recently rejected by the court. The villagers of Mundra taluk had challenged the construction of a 9-km-long road.
The road has been sanctioned under the Union Government’s Assistance to States for Developing Export Infrastructure and Allied Activities Scheme, envisaging the Centre’s contribution of 50 per cent of the approved expenses. The scheme is for promoting development of infrastructure connecting ports, export promotion industrial parks and export promotion zones.
In this project, the State port regulator Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB) and Adani Ports and SEZ (APSEZL) had contributed 25 per cent of funds each, and the latter was entrusted the responsibility to maintain the road for 5 years.