The National Green Tribunal has asked the Krishna River Management Board to comment on the violations in the construction of the Rayalaseema Upliftment Project.
The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed the Krishna River Management Board to comment on violations in the construction of the Rayalaseema Upliftment Project. The Chennai bench of the National Green Tribunal on Tuesday heard a petition filed by petitioner Gavinolla Srinivas alleging that construction work on the project was continuing in violation of the NGT judgment. It is learned that petitioner Gavinolla Srinivas had earlier filed a petition alleging that there were no environmental clearances for the Rayalaseema Upliftment Scheme project being constructed at Sangameshwaram.
A Chennai bench headed by NGT Justice Ramakrishnan and Cybaldas Gupta had earlier directed that no construction should take place without permission. The petitioner once again approached the NGT and filed a contempt (contempt) petition alleging that the construction work was progressing smoothly in defiance of these orders. Shravan Kumar, counsel for the petitioner, brought to the notice of the bench that the Andhra Pradesh government had written a letter to the Union Environment Ministry stating that environmental permits were not required during the trial of the case. He said if the Andhra Pradesh government had any objection to the NGT verdict, it would have to challenge it in the Supreme Court and it would not make sense to write a letter to the Union Environment Ministry asking for permission.
The AP argued that the government was deliberately violating the NGT directives. The tribunal noted that the AP government was seeking an adjournment for the fourth time on a court violation case they had filed. Additional Advocate General Ramchander Rao, counsel for the Telangana government, agreed with the petitioner’s contention that the Telangana Irrigation Department had also lodged a complaint with the Krishna River Management Board in December last year. Ramchander Rao said the Andhra Pradesh government was not stopping work despite the Krishna Board order.
Another advocate Madhuri Reddy has asked the court to adjourn the hearing as senior advocate Venkata Ramani on behalf of the Andhra Pradesh state government is busy with Supreme Court cases. Attorney Shravan Kumar erred in frequently requesting adjournment. After hearing the arguments of all the parties, the National Green Tribunal reiterated that it was unable to undertake the work on the Rayalaseema Upliftment Project. The Krishna River Management Board has been directed to give an explanation on the contempt case filed by Gavinolla Srinivas and the letter written by the Chief Secretary of the Telangana State Irrigation Department. The court adjourned the case till May 24.
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