CM-level talks fail to break Vizhinjam impasse; Adani Port seeks safety- The New Indian Express | Whuff News

By Express News Service

T’PURAM/KOCHI: The first chief ministerial-level talks to resolve the fishermen’s agitation over the Vizhinjam project ended in a stalemate on Thursday with CM Pinarayi Vijayan rejecting the Latin Church’s demand to stop the work. Meanwhile, Adani Ports, which is building a transshipment container terminal, moved the Kerala High Court seeking CRPF security for the project in view of the protests.

A Church delegation led by Thomas J Netto, Archbishop of the Latin Archdiocese of Thiruvananthapuram, and Vicar General Eugine H Pereira met Pinarayi at Cliff House. They are hoping for an interaction with the CM to find a solution to the impasse. Their main demand is to stop work for now and conduct a study on the impact of the project. The CM rejected the request.

Meanwhile, Adani Vizhinjam Port Pvt Ltd’s petition in the HC stated that although the company had filed a timely complaint regarding the obstruction caused by the protesters before the state government, they were left without any remedy due to the inaction and lethargy of the police and the state. machine. Meanwhile, the threat to life and property exceeds every limit. The police stood by as mute spectators, the plea said.

The petition by Adani Ports said the firm started construction of the port on December 5, 2015. Due to reasons such as lack of stones, disasters like typhoons and the Covid outbreak, the complete work schedule could not be followed. Every day’s delay would adversely affect the firm, he said.

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