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Supreme Court Halts Rs. 2000 Crore Extension of Karwar Port; Can’t Destroy Environment

Lawstreet Journal 31 Mar 2022 8:54am

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On Tuesday, 29 March 2022 , the Supreme Court issued notice in a lawsuit challenging the commercial Karwar port's second stage expansion in Karnataka.

A Bench presided over by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana rejected a contention by Senior Advocate Maninder Singh, appearing for DVP Infra Projects Limited, that the delay in project would escalate the costs, saying the beaches and environment cannot be destroyed. 

The Court was contemplating a special leave petition appealing the Karnataka High Court's decision to dismiss a case challenging the planned development plan on the basis of significant fact concealment.

BACKGROUND 

The said project is undertaken on the banks of the Arabian Sea abutting the Rabindranath Tagore Beach in Karwar.
 

PETITIONER’S CONTENTIONS 

The petitioners were represented through Senior Advocate Devdatt Kamat, Senior Advocate Murthy D Naik, Advocate Amit Pai and Advocate Rajesh Inamdar.
The Petitioner, a Karwar Fishermen's Association, has filed a petition opposing the Director of Ports and Inland Water Transport's proposed Second Stage Development of the commercial Karwar Port at Baithkol Village, Karwar Taluka, Uttara Kannada District, which is being carried out over a plot area of about 17 ha.

ENVIRONMENT CLEARANCE 

During the hearing today, Senior Advocate Devadatt Kamat appearing for the petitioner submitted that the Environmental clearance in the present case has been given by the state and as per Environment Impact Assessment notification it has to be given by the Centre. However, this has been overlooked by the High Court. 

The Chief Justice of India questioned the support of the State Government… Continue Reading...


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