Vizhinjam International Seaport Gets NGT Nod

IAS Prelims 2023

The National green Tribunal gave its go-ahead to the construction of Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL), being developed by Kerala government in collaboration with Adani Group.

Vizhinjam International Seaport is a port under construction by the Arabian Sea at Trivandrum in India. The total project expenditure is pegged at ₹ 6595 crores over three phases and is proposed to follow the landlord port model with a view to catering to passenger, container and other clean cargo.

The NGT constituted an expert committee of seven members to look into compliance of conditions of environmental and Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance granted by the Environment Ministry.

It also gave a free hand to the committee to impose additional conditions in addition those in the environmental and CRZ clearances in the interest of the protecting environment and ecology.

The seaport project, being developed in Public Private Partnership model, involves construction of quays, terminal area and port building and is expected to be completed in three phases.