SC stays construction on Adani Groups Mundra SEZ

Written by Agencies | New Delhi, July 1: | Updated: Jul 2 2008, 00:09am hrs
The Supreme Court on Tuesday stayed work on Adani Groups Rs 7,400 crore multi-product Special Economic Zone in Gujarat, on a plea by fishermen that the project would affect their livelihood and flora and fauna in the region.

A bench headed by Justice Altamas Kabir, while issuing notice to the ministries of commerce, and environment and forest, the Gujarat government, Mundra Ports and Special Economic Zone, the Adani group and others also directed the parties to maintain status quo on all activities taking place in the area.

Mundra SEZ, established under the SEZ Act of 2005, is proposed to come up in about 6,000 acres of land with a total investment of Rs 7,400 crore.

The Government of India and the Gujarat government had accorded approval to the Adani Group to develop, operate and maintain an SEZ at Mundra in Gujarat on February 12, 2004.

The SEZ is proposed to provide integrated infrastructure encompassing all infrastructure relating to business, living, learning, as well as recreation facilities so as to make the zone self-sufficient.

The Public Interest Litigation moved by a group of seven fishermen has alleged threat to their livelihood and damage to the flora and fauna of the region due to the project.

They said that permission given by the Central government without clearance under the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) notifications for the SEZ was illegal and violative of the Section 5 of the Environment Protection Act as well as of Right to Life of the petitioners under Articles 19 and 21 of the Constitution.