NGT sets up panel to study LI work

Deccan Chronicle - - POLITICS -

The National Green Tri­bunal at Chen­nai has con­sti­tuted an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion to as­cer­tain whether the on­go­ing Ranga Reddy-Pala­muru lift ir­ri­ga­tion scheme works the first phase of which passes through Am­rabad- Sri­sailam-Na­gar­ju­nasagar Tiger Re­serve, is for drink­ing wa­ter or for ir­ri­ga­tion.

The NGT bench, headed by Jus­tice Nam­biar was deal­ing with a pe­ti­tion by one B. Harsh­vard­han Reddy, chal­leng­ing the ac­tion of the Te­lan­gana state govern­ment in go­ing ahead with the first phase by clear­ing about 279 hectares of for­est with­out ob­tain­ing for­est or en­vi­ron­men­tal clear­ances.

The Te­lan­gana state govern­ment sub­mit­ted that there was no need of an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion as its ac­tion was trans­par­ent and it go­ing ahead with the project in ac­cor­dance with rules.

The bench said that it needed the as­sis­tance of the in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion to come to an in­formed con­clu­sion in view of the al­le­ga­tions of the pe­ti­tioner that laws and norms were be­ing flouted by the govern­ment.

The bench con­sti­tuted an in­de­pen­dent com­mis­sion headed by pro­fes­sor Yusuf, re­tired NGT mem­ber as chair­man and other mem­bers, in­clud­ing the pe­ti­tioner and re­spon­dents.

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