Melbourne: Cricket legends Ian and Greg Chappell and few other prominent Australians have written to Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani urging him to abandon the USD 21 billion mine project, a plea the company rejected as "motivated" by a very small group "misled" people.
The open letter cited public opposition, risks to miners' health, climate change and potential impact on the fragile Great Barrier Reef as reasons not to proceed with the project in the Galilee Basin.
Adani Group spokesperson rejected the letter as "motivated" by "a very small group of 76 misled people. The proposed mine in Australia has been cleared after rigorous assessments and strict conditions".
"Cricket has a bit to do with the feeling between India and Australia," said Ian Chappell. "The thought that this [mine] could affect the relationship, hopefully that'll get through."
The letter calls on Adani to invest in renewables instead, and concludes that it would be a "great shame" were the mine to "damage the image of India in Australia".
Adani Group spokesperson said the proposed mine is supported fully by people of regional Queensland and their elected representatives.