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Adaniís Surat Port Project to commence soon after the green signal from Supreme Court

Adani groupís move to develop a Port near Surat in Gujarat received a boost when the Apex Court removed the hurdles imposed by the National Green tribunal order on environmental grounds.

The Supreme Court has set aside the National Green Tribunal Order quashing the environmental clearance granted to the project in 2013 to Adani-Hazira Port private limited for development of Port activities in Surat.

A bench comprising Justices A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan also directed that the sum of Rs 25 crore, which the AHPPL had deposited pursuant to NGT's January 2016 order, be refunded to the company. The apex court passed the order after it was apprised that the matter was settled between the parties and the fishermen have also been paid adequate compensation by the port project authorities.

We are also informed that mangroves have also been planted at some other place. In view thereof, since the order of the Tribunal has been worked out, the embargo placed....in the impugned judgment stands removed and is set aside,Ē the bench said in its order.

The NGT, in its order, had set aside the EC granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests to the firm and had asked AHPPL and Hazira Infrastructures to deposit Rs 25 crore with the collector of Surat.


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