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Villagers file PIL against APSEZ project

Villagers file PIL against APSEZ project

A public interest litigation (PIL) was filed in the Gujarat High Court alleging wide-spread commercial activities in the special economic zone (SEZ) of Adani Port and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) in Mundra, Kutch.

The PIL, filed by the people of Navinal village claims that the Adani Group firm was working on some construction projects in the area despite court’s order of May 9, 2012, restricting any kind of construction or development activities in APSEZ region.

However, APSEZ claimed that it had obtained deemed environmental clearance as per law for the project.

In response to this, the petitioners complained that Adani Group was confusing the court by showing different orders. The company (Adani) is misleading the court, as it has obtained environment clearance only for the port and not the SEZ.

The APSEZ was formed in 2012 by merging the Adani port and Mundra Port SEZ (MPSEZ), the villagers, who filed the petition argue.

Adani Port, Adani Power and MPSEZ were all separate entities, which would require separate environmental clearances.

In the PIL, villagers have further claimed that APSEZ had allowed other units to come up in the SEZ even prior to the public hearing on environmental clearance (EC) in October 2010.

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