A seven-member committee formed by the Union Ministry of Environment & Forest (MoEF) has submitted a report before the Gujarat High Court (HC) saying corporate giant Adanis subsidiary Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Private Limited has caused a lot of damage to the local ecology through its work for expansion of Kandla Port in Kutch district.
The committee was formed by the MoEF on the directions of a division bench of HC comprising Chief Justice Bhaskar Bhattacharya and Justice J B Pardiwala.
The bench has been hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a few certain residents of Vandi and Tuna villages of Kutch district,which are located near the Kandla Port.
According to the advocate of the petitioners,Hashim Qureshi,Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt Ltd was granted a contract for the expansion work of Kandla Port. However,the company started work without getting environmental clearance from the MoEF and in doing so,damaged the local ecology consisting of creeks,mangroves etc. Qureshi said the work has also affected the local fishermen community and their livelihood.
Acting on the PIL,the division bench of HC had directed the MoEF to form a committee to carry out on-site inspection.
Qureshi said the committee submitted its report before the HC in which it has stated that Adani Kandla Bulk Terminal Pvt Ltd had started work without permission and it had caused a lot of damage to the local ecology consisting of mangroves and creeks.
The court has now kept hearing on the petition for Friday, Qureshi said.