Vizhinjam port under construction. Photo: Biju Varghese/Mathrubhumi Archives
Kochi: The Kerala High Court here on Thursday ordered police protection at the Vizhinjam port construction site. The interim order also states that construction shall not be stopped.
The order came on a plea filed by the Adani Group and the contract company engaged in the construction works.
The court observed that the protest by fisherfolks has stalled the work. In its order, the court asked the police to ensure the protection to the site and the employees engaged in the construction. It also said that the police can seek the help of the central force if necessary.
The fisherfolk, led by Thiruvananthapuram Latin Archdiocese, have been protesting against the port demanding rehabilitation of the families 'affected' by the port construction.
Though the government has agreed to most of its demands, it refused to stop the work to study the impact of the port in the area. It was a dealbreaker for the protesters who decided to continue the strike.
The protesters have been alleging that the unscientific construction of groynes, the artificial sea walls known as "pulimutt' in local parlance, as part of the upcoming Vizhinjam port was one of the reasons for the increasing coastal erosion in the district.