New Delhi: The Centre's green panel has given clearance to Adani Petronet for the third phase expansion of its Dahej port in Bharuch district of Gujarat with an investment of Rs 464.32 crore.
Adani Petronet (Dahej) Port Pvt Ltd (APPPL) has developed the Dahej port in phased manner.
The third phase expansion would entail raising cargo handling capacity from 11.7 million metric tonnes per annum (MMTPA) to 23 MMTPA besides development of additional area to store coal, back up equipment's, coal storage silo at railway siding and other supporting infrastructure.
"The Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) under the Union Environment Ministry examined the APPPL's proposal in a recent meeting and recommended granting of environment clearance (EC) and coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance for phase III expansion," a senior government official said.
The EAC has proposed EC subject to certain conditions. Based on the recommendation of the EAC, the ministry will take a call on the proposal, the official added.
The cost of the expansion project is estimated to be Rs 464.32 crore.
Among the conditions specified, the EAC said that the company should carry out the construction activity strictly according to the provisions of CRZ Notification, 2011.
The panel has directed the company to ensure that there is no damage to the existing mangorves patches near site and also ensure the free flow of water to avoid damage to the mangroves. It also said that no creeks or rivers should be blocked due to any activities at the project site.