Hyderabad: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has directed Andhra Pradesh and others to file their objections, if any, to the allegations made in the applications filed against Rayalaseema Lift Irrigation Scheme (RLIS) and get ready with the matter on August 27 without fail.
It has also directed the Registry to communicate this order to the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEF&CC), AP and Krishna River Management Board by e-mail immediately for their information and also compliance of the direction to avoid delay in filing the respective reports.
The NGT posted the matter for further hearing on August 27. The counsel appearing for MoEF&CC also wanted to file their independent statement regarding this aspect, for which, the counsel wanted some more time. The counsel appearing for AP submitted that for time being, they are not doing any work in that area and they have stopped the work.
But, this was not accepted by the Additional Advocate General appearing for Telangana. However, the counsel appearing for the applicant submitted that they stopped the work on July 7, 2021.
The short question to be considered is whether anything has been done by them in violation and against the direction issued by this Tribunal while disposing of the original application, for which, it requires independent statement from the MoEF&CC as well as from the KRMB.
Telangana has produced certain photographs and that can also be considered along with the report to be filed by the KRMB. Considering the circumstances, the NGT feels that some more time can be granted to them, so that they can file their report as well as response as directed.
The NGT directed them to submit their respective report as well as response before it on or before August 20 by e-filing in the form of searchable PDF/OCR, supportable PDF and not in the form of image PDF along with necessary hardcopies to be produced as per rules, with advance copy to the counsel appearing for the other side, so that, they can file their objections (if any) to the same as well.
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