Gas pipeline: Environment Ministry to oppose any damage to agricultural lands

November 28, 2013 03:38 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 10:50 pm IST - Chennai

The storage tanks at the LNG terminal on Puthuvype Island in Kochi. File photo

The storage tanks at the LNG terminal on Puthuvype Island in Kochi. File photo

Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Thursday said her Ministry will express opposition if there was any damage caused to agricultural lands or environment under the Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline.

“We will surely express our opposition if there is any damage to farmlands or environment,” she said.

Ms. Natarajan was responding to reporters’ queries here on the Madras High Court green-flagging the GAIL initiative.

She, however, added that it should be seen what has been said in the High Court judgement and “then we will take action accordingly.”

The Madras High Court had on November 25 quashed a state government order restraining implementation of Kochi-Mangalore gas pipeline project passing through agricultural lands in seven districts of Tamil Nadu.

Demands have been made from various quarters that the state government appeal against the High Court verdict.

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