The government has "never" imposed a penalty of Rs 200 crore on Adani port and SEZ, Rajya Sabha was informed on Monday. "The government has never imposed the penalty of Rs 200 crore on Adani port and SEZ and accordingly the question of withdrawl does not arise," Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave said in a written reply. The Environment Ministry had earlier in July termed as "incorrect" reports that Adani Port and SEZ Ltd (APSEZ) was spared a hefty fine of Rs 200 crore for environmental damage during construction of Mundra port.
The Ministry had said that it had imposed "more serious" responsibility on the firm without any cost limit. "The inference drawn by the news report is not correct. The present government has not cancelled fine of Rs 200 crore. This decision of the ministry is much more stringent than asking for Rs 200 crore from APSEZL," the Ministry had said in a statement earlier.