Supreme Court of India
Supreme Court of India
Bhubaneswar: The Supreme Court today denied to stay the Orissa High Court’s order on the port limit expansion issue.

While denying to give any interim relief to KoPT on the matter, the bench of the apex court, comprising Justice DK Jain and Justice Anil R Dave, has served notices directing the opposite parties Dhamra port, Odisha Government, Suvarnarekha port to file their counter in three weeks.

It should be noted that earlier SC rejected a special leave petition (SLP) of Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) which had challenged an interim order passed by the Odisha High Court in September last year restraining the KoPT from going ahead with its plan to expand the port limits.

In its final order, the Orissa High Court on November 25, 2011, had scrapped the notifications issued by the Ministry of Shipping and KoPT for expansion of the port limits.

Keonjhar Nava Nirman Parishad, an NGO (non-governmental organization), had filed the PIL in the Orissa High Court, seeking scrapping of the notification issued on November 10, 2010. Later Dhamara Port Company Ltd (DPCL) had become a party to the case and Subarnarekha Port authorities had filed a similar case in the High Court, opposing KoPT’s move.

All these legal tussle had emerged after KoPT unilaterally came out with notification extending the Kolkata Port limits more than 200 km south of Haldia into the Bay of Bengal, covering an area of 28,646 sq km and in the process, blocking the entire coast of North Orissa where seven ports were proposed to come up. The sites where these new ports were to be established are Chudamani, Chandipur, Inchudi, Subarnarekha mouth, Bichitrapur and Bahabalpur.