THE Supreme Court has given a green signal to the Chemplast Sanmar’s Rs 600 crore greenfield PVC complex at Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu. “The project has been established by investing huge amount of about Rs 600 crores and has already been commissioned after obtaining necessary approvals and, therefore, it shall not be in the interest of justice nor in the public interest now to interfere with the project”, said a bench comprising Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan, Justice RM Lodha and Justice BS Chauhan.
The court in its order said, “ We do not find any infirmity in the permission granted by the MOEF (Ministry Of Environment and Forest) on 19th December, 2005. Having held that, there is no illegality in the permission granted by the Executive Engineer on February 27, 2008 either”. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in light of the conditional environmental clearance given by the MOEF accorded its consent on September 14, 2006 for the PVC plant as well as a Marine Terminal Facility (MTF) and pipeline project of the Chemplast.
One of the raw-materials for manufacturing PVC is Vinyl Chloride Monomer (VCM) which not available indigenously was planned by Chempalst to import it for the plant use from international suppliers. So, Sanmar group’s flagship company also proposed to install a Marine Terminal Facility (MTF’) near the seashore at Chitrapettai Village for receiving and transferring VCM from the ships to the PVC plant through underground pipeline. In pursuance of clerance given by state pollution control board, Chemplast made an application to the concerned Executive Engineer, Vridhachalam seeking permission for carrying seawater and raw-materials through pipelines laid 3.50 meter below the bed of river Uppanar.
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