The Vizhinjam Motherport Action Council (V-mac) has demanded an investigation into the antecedents of the two men who have petitioned the National Green Tribunal (NGT) against the Vizhinjam multi-purpose seaport project.
It was plain that other forces intent on scuttling the project were using the two men as a front, V-mac secretary Wilfred Culas said in a statement. He urged the government to investigate the financial background of the two men and identify the people who had made them file the petition.
The men - Marydasan of Adimalathura and Wilfred J of Puthiyathura - had last week filed a petition before the principal bench of the NGT questioning the CRZ clearance given to the Vizhinjam project. The state government has taken the stand that it is an attempt to stall the multi-crore project. Already, the Chennai Bench of the NGT is considering a petition filed by the organisation Coastal Watch seeking withdrawal of the environmental clearance given to the project.
Reportedly, the two men have claimed that their lawyer was representing them free of charges. V-mac has also demanded that the government should examine whether this claim is true. ‘’We demand that the government should expose the people who are trying to scuttle the project at a time when the government is trying to move ahead with it,’’ Culas said.