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Tamil Nadu: Kattupalli Port expansion: ‘Envisaged’ sea reclamation of 440 hectares threat to Pulicat Lake in Chennai? by SV KRISHNA CHAITANYA July 11,2018   |  Source: The New Indian Express

Chennai coast will undergo a permanent change when proposed Kattupalli Port expansion plan begins to take shape. Imagine the combined size of 825 football fields, that is kind of sea reclamation envisaged by Marine Infrastructure Developer Private Limited (MIDPL), which operates Kattupalli Port now acquired by Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited. The pre-feasibility report (PFR) submitted to Union environment ministry reveals that Kattupalli Port expansion will be carried out in a total area of 2120.28 hectares, which includes sea reclamation to an extent of 440.8 hectares along with hundreds of hectares of abandoned salt pans.

Sources told Express that MIDPL's Revised Master Plan for Kattupalli port proposal was taken-up during 32nd meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee (Infra-2) of environment ministry on July 4 for recommending Terms of Reference (ToR) to conduct Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) studies. The expansion attracts both EIA Notification, 2006 as well as Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification, 2011 and MIDPL has appointed L&T Infrastructure Engineering Limited as environmental consultant for conducting EIA study. Baseline studies have already been initiated for the period January to September, 2018.

Though the proposed expansion

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