The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has left the onus of taking “appropriate action” within the matter of Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Project (RLIP) taken up by the Andhra Pradesh authorities on the Krishna River Management Board (KRMB) with the commentary that “there is no necessity at this stage for going into the investigation in the matter”.
Disposing of an software filed by one Gavinolla Srinivas from Narayanpet district alleging that the AP authorities was making a whole lot of preparations and taking steps for continuing with the undertaking with out acquiring environmental clearance as directed the Tribunal in October final, the Southern Zone Bench of NGT noticed final week: “There is nothing to disbelieve the assertion made by Chief Secretary of AP stating that there is no intention to violate the directions issued by the Tribunal and whatever is being done is only strictly in accordance with the guidelines provided for preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for the project”.
The Bench comprising judicial member Justice Okay. Ramakrishnan and skilled member Saibal Dasgupta has directed the KRMB to take acceptable choice on the complaint lodged by the Telangana authorities in opposition to the undertaking with a request to enquire into the matter of “work being done” by appointing a committee.
On its behalf, the AP authorities via an affidavit filed by its Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das categorically stating that the work being carried out was for preparation of the DPR as per the rules of the Central Water Commission (CWC) and Ministry of Jal Shakti, together with investigation for getting ready DPR together with the estimates based mostly on the soil high quality after eradicating the superficial soil.
Further, the AP authorities has reiterated that they’d proceed with the undertaking solely after preparation of the DPR and getting approval from the involved departments as directed by the Tribunal. “As such there is no violation or wilful disobedience committed by the AP government and there is no necessity for initiating any action as sought by the applicant,” the NGT Bench noticed.
The Bench additionally noticed that on the idea of the complaint made by the Telangana authorities within the matter of nature of work being carried out on RLIP the KRMB was at liberty to go into the query and if it was discovered that there was any violation of instructions given by the Tribunal, on the idea of investigation carried out by them (KRMB) independently, it was at liberty to take acceptable motion in opposition to the AP authorities.
The applicant too can be at liberty to strategy the Tribunal at that stage, the Bench noticed.