EIA analysis of Gujarat Pipavav Port expansion

July 02, 2011

Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) carried out an analysis of the EIA of expansion of Gujarat Pipavav Port located in the Gulf of Cambay. The analysis was requested by a Gujarat based NGO called Paryavaran Mitra.

Questions to be asked: 

1. The port has been in operation for 10 years now. Has water sprinkling for dust suppression 

helped in the past? Or is still a major problem in the area? 

2. Why is fresh water required for sprinkling operation? Especially when sea water is easily 

available and since the EIA report itself recognise the area as water stressed. 

3. The present port is causing pollution of surface water sources due to run off from storage 

piles, during transportation, etc. How will this be stopped in future? If concretisation of 

channels and storage area is seen as the solution, why was this not resorted to earlier? 

4. How does the port company plan to sort out the grazing land issue? The farmers may agree 

to a rent sharing agreement by the company, is that an option the company will be open to? 

5. Considering there has not been any change in the unemployment situation in the study area 

since the port has been operational, what sort of employment opportunities will the 

expansion provide? 

6. The environmental clearance granted to the port in June 2000 states that the mangroves in 

the project area are not to be disturbed. However, the local NGO claims, mangroves in the 

area have been cut. Since natural surface vegetation in addition to mangroves add as a 

natural shield against natural disasters like cyclones, removing them can have damaging 

consequences. This also means violation of an clearance condition laid down by the MoEF. 

Thus there may be more violations of this kind. 

7. Since there is a clear decline in fish catch, what wort of compensation package has been and 

will be made available to the fishing community in the region?   

8. The port has been served a number of show cause notices in the past for violating conditions 

related to environmental clearance. What sort of compliance record can we expect from the expansion now?   

 

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