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Vizhinjam Port – Kerala High Court asks govt to remove obstructions on the road to port

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Kerala High Court on Tuesday directed that obstructions on the road to the under construction Vizhinjam sea port in Thiruvananthapuram have to be removed.

The direction by Justice Anu Sivaraman came during the hearing of contempt pleas of Adani Group and the company contracted by it to construct the sea port which is being opposed by thousands of fisherfolk of the adjoining and far-off areas.

The high court also recorded the assurance of the protestors they would not block the road to the port construction site.

Adani group, during the hearing, told the court that its order to provide police protection for the construction work was not implemented.

It also claimed that the protestors even took away the police barricades and that around 4,000 fisherfolk were present at the protest site.

It also sought demolition of the tent set up at the protest site.

The protestors, on the other hand, told the court that settlement discussions were being held and the talks were being mediated by Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

Therefore, sometime should be granted for the discussions to arrive at a decision, the protestors told the court.

After hearing both sides, the court listed the matter for further hearing on Friday.

 

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