NEW DELHI, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Clashes between police and villagers over a $900 million Adani Group port project are the latest in a series of disputes over industrial projects in India.
Here are some of the major controversies involving companies in India over the past decade:
* Construction of Adani’s Vizhinjam seaport in the southern Indian state of Kerala has been halted since August this year after protesters, mostly from a Christian fishing community, blocked its entrance, blaming the development for eroding shores and depriving them of their livelihoods.
* Apple ( AAPL.O ) supplier Foxconn’s ( 2317.TW ) plant in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu was closed for days after a massive food poisoning incident in 2021 that sparked employee protests.
* The Karnataka plant of another Apple supplier, Wistron ( 3231.TW ), also closed in 2020 after contract workers angry over unpaid wages destroyed property, equipment and iPhones.
* Vedanta Ltd’s ( VDAN.NS ) copper factory in Tamil Nadu was closed after 13 people died in 2018 when police fired on environmental protesters calling for the factory to be closed. Vedanta has now offered to sell the plant after repeatedly denying allegations that the smelter was polluting.
* Activists and locals have for years blocked Vedanta’s plans to mine bauxite in Odisha state’s verdant, jungle-covered Niyamgiri Hills, which tribal people consider sacred.
* A Maruti Suzuki ( MRTI.NS ) plant in the northern Indian state of Haryana was closed for almost a month in 2011 following a factory riot after workers walked out after the company asked them to sign a “guarantee of good behaviour”, saying some have participated in sabotage. One person was killed and 90 were injured.
Compiled by Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Miral Fahmi
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