Adani takeover.

Adani takeover.

Vaiko and MMK oppose Adani group’s TN port expansion plans

Kamal Haasan's party announces 7-point agenda for industrial policy

Agency Report | Chennai | 13 January, 2021 | 10:20 PM

Two Tamil Nadu political parties oppose Adani group's Rs 53,031 crore Kattupalli port expansion project and demand that it should be scrapped due to long-term impact on environment and the city residents.

MDMK General Secretary and Rajya Sabha member Vaiko said that a public hearing slated for January 22 on the matter should be cancelled as people were not given sufficient time to gather information on the project and a large gathering amid coronavirus pandemic could be dangerous.

Vaiko said that he would attend the public hearing along with environmentalists if it was held on January 22.

The Adani group had acquired 97 per cent stake in the Kattupalli port (owned by Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited) from Larsen and Toubro for Rs 1,950 crore in 2018.

The Marine Infrastructure Developer had proposed to expand the port facility from 330 acres to 6,110 acres, Vaiko said.

Vaiko claimed that the proposed expansion would affect about 1 lakh people living in 82 villages in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.

He claimed there was also the risk of seawater spilling into Kottrallai river owing to reduced distance between the two due to port expansion and also flood risks for Tiruvallur and Chennai.

Vaiko said that many fishing hamlets would submerge under seawater if the Kattupalli port was expanded.

Manithaneya Makkal Katchi (MMK) leader MH Jawahirullah also demanded cancellation of the public hearing. He said he and his supporters in large numbers would attend the event if it was held.

Jawahirullah said that the Centre was handing over ports to private parties under the Sagarmala project and that eight ports have been given to Adani Group.

The revised Master Plan Development for Kattupalli port was prepared by L&T Infra Engineering.

Meanwhile, the creation of a Ministry of Possibilities, incentivising industries to be set up in backward areas, holding of quarterly summit of government-industry-academia-civil society as the think-tank headed by the Chief Minister are part of the seven-point agenda of the Kamal Haasan promoted Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) party for the industry, that was announced on Wednesday.

According to MNM, if it comes to power in Tamil Nadu it would set up a Ministry of Possibilities to cater to Science and Technology, Start-ups and Innovation, to give a fillip to industrial revolution 4.0.

The party also said its government shall establish a Government-Industry-Academia-Civil Society quarterly summit to act as a Think Tank headed by the Chief Minister.

In order to reverse migration from rural areas to urban areas, the MNM government would incentivise big industries to set up their back offices in less developed regions leading to creation of job opportunities there.

The other agendas include: encouraging micro, medium and small enterprises, organising the unorganised labour, setting up of Skill Development Super Parks in each district and introduction of a new timeline-based business facilitation model that will ensure strict compliance, from proposal to approval.

The party had earlier announced its seven-point economic and environment agenda. (IANS)