Chhara public hearing on December 18

Vol 19, PW 6 (19 Nov 15) News in Brief

All eyes will be on the sleepy Gujarat coastal village of Chhara at 11am on December 18 for an all-important public hearing that will determine the future or otherwise of a 5m t/y LNG import and regas terminal proposed by Mumbai-based companies Shapoorji Pallonji and state-owned HPCL.

This month (November) the HPCL Shapoorji Energy Pvt Ltd joint venture submitted what Gujarat Pollution Control Board officials say is one of the biggest Environmental Impact Assessment report they have ever seen: a 939-page tome including 520 pages of detailed maps and diagrams prepared by Nagpur based National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (NEERI) in April this year complete with Gujarati and Hindi translations to boot. HPCL Shapoorji Energy Pvt Ltd is a JV between HPCL and Shapoorji group company Simar Ports Pvt Ltd, which is developing Chhara port.

“Simar will lease land from within the port boundary area to the JV for the terminal,” we hear.