Judgement of the National Green Tribunal regarding environmental clearance for further development of Port activities at Hajira, district Surat, Gujarat, 08/01/2016
Judgement of the National Green Tribunal (Western Zone Bench, Pune) in the matter of Hazira Macchimar Samiti & Others Vs Union of India & Others dated 08/01/2016 regarding Environmental Clearance (EC) granted by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for further development of Port activities at Hajira, district Surat. Chief bone of contention of their objection, is that such Port activities, amounting to expansion, in accordance with the impugned EC, would hinder appropriate, safe and proper access to seawater for the traditional fishermen of village Hajira, to undertake traditional fishing in inter-tidal zone.
The Appeal is allowed and impugned Environmental Clearance, is set aside.The Respondent Nos.6 and 7 (Adani-Hajira Port Pvt. Ltd and M/s Hajira Infrastructures Pvt. Ltd) shall deposit amount of Rs.25Crore (Twenty Five Crore) with the Collector, Surat, within four (4) weeks.