Vizhinjam port case: Supreme Court rejects Kerala government’s plea
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Supreme Court, on Friday,
rejected Kerala government’s plea to stay the Green Tribunal's verdict in the
Vizhinjam port case. The case was considered by a three member green bench of
the Supreme Court.
The Principal Bench of the National Green Tribunal
(NGT) had decided to judicially review the Vizhinjam International Deepwater
Multipurpose Seaport. The state government and the Vizhinjam port company have
maintained that it is the Chennai Green Tribunal that should consider the
appeals related to the Vizhinjam port.
It was also pointed out in the appeal that the
principal bench of the Green Tribunal has no authority to examine the
amendments of the law related to the protection of coastal areas.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had recently said
that official talks would be held in Delhi on Friday to finalise conditions for
central assistance to the proposed project.
Chandy, Minister for Ports K Babu and senior officials
had held talks with union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Delhi last week
about the central government's clearance for the viability gap funding for the
Rs 5,000-crore expected first phase cost of the project.