Just north of Chennai, a proposed expansion of one of Adani's ports threatens an important area of wetlands, including Pulicat Lake, a vital fishery and buffer against the open ocean.
Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone Limited (APSEZ), an Indian shipping company, is working to expand an existing port in nearby Kattupalli, a dozen kilometers south of Pulicat Lake. APSEZ is proposing to increase the port’s capacity from roughly 25 million tonnes per year to 320 to support the region’s coal-fired power plants, oil refineries, and car factories. Expanding the port would change the coastal landscape drastically and put livelihoods at risk.
Karthikeyan Hemalatha reports for Hakai magazine about the potential impacts on millions of people if the development goes ahead.