Recycling International – Legal challenge to Adani’s ship recycling project

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22 July 2014 - India: The India-based Adani Group’s maiden venture into ship recycling appears to have hit legal trouble as public interest litigation in Gujarat’s high court is alleging violation of environmental norms and presentation of false information to obtain coastal regulatory zone clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF).

The proposal from Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone (APSEZ) Ltd involves the development of a recycling facility on 40 743 hectares of reclaimed land. The company aims to recycle approximately 40 ships each year with an LDT average of 7582 tonnes.

Estimates suggest that nearly 250 000 tonnes of scrap metal will be recovered annually, along with 11 000 tonnes of machinery and 10 000 tonnes of miscellaneous items.

In the litigation, petitioner Pravinsingh Chauhan of Siracha village has alleged that, in maps showing the proposed site of the ship recycling facility, APSEZ officials ‘fraudulently’ depicted no sand dunes. The petitioner has also claimed that APSEZ began work to flatten the sand dunes on the sea shore even before it got statutory clearance, thus violating environmental norms.

According to Chauhan, APSEZ should stop all of its activities on the sand dunes which act as a natural barrier against tsunamis, cyclones and high tides.