The Public hearing on environmental issues caused by the proposed
development of Adani owned Katupalli port thirty kilometers north of Chennai
scheduled on January 22 nd has been postponed indefinitely by the Tiruvallur
District collector P Ponniah under whose jurisdiction the rs 50,000 crore
expansion project is to take place.
He has invoked the crowds and corona the reasons for the postponement of
The Port expansion project which will take the port's volumes by ten times
to 350 million tons at one go had secured the clearance of Union government's
Ministry of Environment recently.
The public hearing
the next at Minjur about thirty kilometers away from the project site on
The public hearing the next step was to take place at Minjur about thirty
kilometers away from the project site on January 22. Environmentalists earlier
wanted the hearing site to be taken closer to the project site. The entire
opposition in the state were critical of the speed at which the project has
been cleared by the central government unmindful of the environmental
consequences to the fragile coastal area.
Following public outcry, Tiruvallur district collector P Ponniah announced that the public hearing for the
proposed development of Kattupalli Port scheduled on January 22 at Minjur has
been postponed for a later date. He cited the gathering of crowd and COVID
protocol as the reason.
The Collector said the public hearing which was scheduled on January 22 at
Bhagavaan Mahaveer Auditorium, Shree Chandraprabhu Jain College, Minjur, has
been postponed because “members of the public are expected to gather at the
venue and it’s against COVID protocols, according to an official release from
The public hearing will be conducted on a later date, which will be
intimated in due course.”
the decision of the govt to postpone public hearing
G Sunderrajan of Poovulagin Nanbargal, a leading environmentalist group in
the state has welcomed the government’s decision to cancel the public hearing.
He had petitioned the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board seeking the
cancellation stating that the proposed location of the port on a barrier island
violates the coastal regulatory zone notification. “The State Coastal Zone
Management Authority and TNPCB, as regulators, cannot be a party to facilitating
a violation. The proposal should be returned immediately,” it said.
Nityanand Jayaraman, an environmental activist was quoted by the local
media as saying that the project is set to come upon wetlands and ecologically
fragile sand dunes on the Kattupalli Barrier island near the Pulicat Wildlife
Sanctuary. The company’s proposal for a mega port is illegal on several counts,
DMK MP K Kanimozhi said that the plan that Adani Ports submitted to develop
Kattupalli port contains major issues that the government needs to carefully
assess. The government shouldn’t take flooding, ecological damage and threats
to the livelihood of the local population lightly.
Tamil Nadu needs to invest in industrial development, but it can’t come at
the cost to ecology and the environment. MDMK and CPI (M) also opposed the port