The National Green Tribunal gave its go-ahead to the construction of the multi-crore Vizhinjam International Seaport Ltd (VISL), being developed by Kerala government in collaboration with Adani Group. NGT said that the port development was crucial for economic development of the country. The green panel, which refused to quash the environment clearance granted to the seaport, 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 bench noted that Vizhinjam port was of vital importance as till date there was no single deep water container port and its establishment would result in the transfer of large container vessels to the Indian Coast. The seaport project, being developed in Public Private Partnership model, involves the construction of quays, terminal area and port building and is expected to be completed in three phases. VISL is a special purpose government company fully owned by the state government that has to act as an implementing agency for the development of the greenfield seaport at Vizhinjam in Thiruvananthapuram.
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