The Bench comprising Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman and Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul made a note of the statement and in its order dated July 13, 2017, stated, “We record the aforesaid statement and, therefore, dispose of these appeals as being become infructuous in terms of the signed order.”
The court was hearing seven civil appeals on the issue. The petitioners’ counsels decided not to oppose the issue.
In December 2003, the High Court of Kerala had permitted the Company to operate the plant, in case it wanted to do so but with certain conditions. Hindustan
Certain vested interests had started an agitation against the plant in 2002, claiming that the plant was polluting the groundwater and also drawing more water than what it had been licensed for. These allegations never withstood the rigour of data, research, and studies conducted by independent agencies and even institutions under the Government of Kerala itself.
The plant had been commissioned in 2000 after
March 2000 - Hindustan
April 2002 - Agitation by locals in respect of alleged over extraction of ground water by HCCB
May 2003 – Cancellation of the licence granted in favour of HCCB by the panchayat, purportedly in view of public interest considering the alleged scarcity of water in the area coupled with environmental and health problems
March 2004 – HCCB decides to suspend operations at its plant of its own volition
April 2005 – High Court of Kerala directs the panchayat to renew the licence of HCCB to operate its plant in case it wanted to, and it entitled HCCB to draw ground water up to 5 lakh litres per day. HCCB still decides not to operate the plant