Vizhinjam port’s Environmental Clearance extended till 2024

Adani will have time till Dec. 2023 to complete Phase I of project

Published - April 23, 2021 07:47 pm IST - THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

The Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change has extended the validity of the Environmental and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance to the Vizhinjam international deepwater multipurpose seaport for a further three years.

With the extension of validity of the Environmental Clearance (EC) till January 2, 2024 Adani Vizhinjam Port Private Ltd (AVPPL), the multi-port operator, will have time till December 2023 to complete the project’s Phase I, which missed the target of December 3, 2019.

In January 2014, the Ministry granted clearance to the project as per the Environment Impact Assessment notification 2006 and the CRZ notification 2011 and its subsequent amendments, subject to compliance with the terms and conditions.

The EC is given in tranches of five, two, and three. An automatic two-year EC was received in 2019. Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL), the government entity overseeing the project, had to undergo the process to get EC for the next three years.

Managing Director and CEO of the VISL Jayakumar had to make presentations before an expert appraisal committee of the Ministry for Infrastructure Development, Coastal Regulation Zone, and Other Miscellaneous Projects for extending the validity.

The State had demanded extension of EC on the following four counts. It was pointed out that the initial two years were lost for the global bid process to select the concessionaire after the issuance of the EC; delay in sourcing rock by the AVPPL, the concessionaire, for the construction of the 3.1-km breakwater; work of dredging and reclamation, berth and container yard of the seaport can be completed only with the advancement of the breakwater; and the outbreak of COVID-19 and its impact.

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