Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: The ground has been cleared for further development of the industrial park in Thervoy Kandigai village in Tiruvallur district after the Madras High Court modified an earlier interim injunction it issued on May 12.

The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu (SIPCOT) had taken possession of 1,127 acres in the village last December after a government order in November 2008 transferred the land for development of the industrial park.

In its affidavit, SIPCOT stated that it had removed thorny bushes on about 500 acres, leaving the trees. It had also started work on laying approach roads, stormwater drains and culverts.

The industrial park is slated to bring in investments to the tune of Rs.25,000 crore and provide employment to 15,000 persons, P.Wilson, additional advocate general, said.

Grazing ground

The Thervoy Grama Munnetra Nala Sangam opposed the move saying the land acquired was part of the traditional grazing ground of the village.

It also said that establishment of a tyre manufacturing unit [at a projected investment of Rs.4,000 crore] would pollute the environment.

In an interim injunction on May 12, 2009, the High Court directed SIPCOT to not to develop the land further and to refrain from felling trees and clearing shrubs and bushes on the land.

When the case came up for hearing on Tuesday, M.Ravindran, Additional Solicitor General of India, categorically stated that no environmental clearance was required as the project area was less than 500 hectares [1,250 acres].

Mr. Wilson said that the tyre company would use environment-friendly technology that would ensure zero effluent discharge.

He also said that 100 acres had been set aside for fodder development programme and 246 acres provided adjacent to the land for grazing.

Following an undertaking by SIPCOT not to fell trees, a Division Bench, comprising Justice V.Dhanapalan and Justice M.M.Sundaresh, permitted SIPCOT to develop the land.

It restricted SIPCOT to clearing the lands except the portion earmarked for grazing and fodder development programmes.