Protesters from a fishing community have blocked attempts by India’s Adani Group to resume operations at a $900 million transshipment port on India’s southern tip, a company spokesman said on Saturday.
Construction of Adani’s Vizhinjam seaport was halted for more than three months after protesters, mostly Christians and led by Catholic priests, erected a large canopy blocking the port’s entrance, saying the construction had eroded the banks and deprived them of their livelihood them
Adani Group, led by the world’s third-richest man Gautam Adani, tried to move heavy goods vehicles into the port on Saturday after a court directive this week that construction work should resume, but protesters blocked them from entering, an Adani spokesman said in the southern state of Kerala, Reuters said.
About 25 trucks tried to enter the port and were forced to turn back after two were hit by stones thrown by protesters, the spokesman added.
Calls to senior state police officials went unanswered.
(Writing by Aditya Kalra; Editing by Edmund Klamann)
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