A Supreme Court-appointed committee is probing the alleged violation of environment permissions and encroachment of assigned land by Krishnapatnam port in Andhra Pradesh.
The Central Empowered Committee (CEC) appointed by the apex court visited the port to inquire into the allegations against Nellore district administration and the port management.
Some residents of Chalivendram village in Muttukuru mandal filed a complaint in the Supreme Court against the port management. The CEC, which is headed by retired high court judge Justice PV Jayakrishnan, took up investigation into the charges.
According to the residents, the port management encroached upon nearly 1,000 acre land on the coast in addition to the 8,000 acre allocated by the state government. This caused displacement of thousands of people.
The villagers also said the port management had resorted to destruction of mangrove forests but no local authority looked into the aspect despite several complaints. The port is also alleged of destroying mangrove forests and displacement of locals.
The committee reviewed the status with the district officials at the collectorate and the divisional forest officials. Forest officials have reportedly presented a report to the CEC stating that no forestland was encroached by the port management.