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SC hears case on APSEZ

SC hears case on APSEZ

The Supreme Court is hearing a case on halting the operation of 12 companies at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Mundra, Gujarat.

Some of the companies appealed the Gujarat High Court decision to halt their operation in the APSEZ on grounds that they have not secured environmental clearance from the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF).

The high court had passed the order on a PIL alleging that these companies were not only developing production units but were also importing and exporting goods, despite no environmental clearance by the MoEF.

The Supreme Court stayed the High Court order and issued a notice and sought response of villagers of Navinal in Mundra taluka of Kutch district on whose petition the high court had passed the order the previous day staying the operations in SEZ.

The advocates, appearing for one of the companies, Dorf Ketal Specialty Catalyst, contended there were adequate environmental clearances for carrying out commercial operations. The bench posted the matter for March 1 for further hearing.

The petitioners villagers Jajubha Bhimji Jadeja, Kumbhar Ismail Hasan, Mahipatsingh Ranubhai Jesar and Bhagubha Madhubha Chavda, all belonging to Navinal village.

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