NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked Adani Hazira Port Pvt. Ltd (AHPPL) to deposit Rs 25 crore penalty imposed on it by the National Green Tribunal (NGT) for adversely impacting the environment in Hazira, Gujarat, with its port project.
A bench headed by Chief Justice of India T S Thakur gave AHPPL four weeks to deposit the fine imposed by the NGT for restoring the damaged environment in the region.
The apex court’s order came in a hearing of an appeal filed by AHPPL against a January 8 decision of the NGT, quashing environmental clearances given to the port in Surat, Gujarat.
The court also issued notices and sought responses from the environment ministry, the government of Gujarat, the Gujarat Pollution Control Board, the Gujarat Maritime Board and the Gujarat Coastal Zone Management Authority. The court has asked the authorities to file reports on environmental compliance by AHPPL.