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Illegal constructions can’t be stalled, only be inspected – Supreme Court on Polavaram ఏప్రిల్ 12, 2011

Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Andhra, Andhrapreneurship, conflict resolution, Culture, displacement, Godavari, heritage, Khammam, Koya, Polavaram, politics, regionalism, Settler, ST, Telangana.
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SC rejects Orissa plea seeking stay on Polavaram dam construction

Indu Bhan, The Financial Express, Apr 12, 2011

New Delhi: In a setback to the Orissa government, the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday rejected its plea to stay construction of the controversial multi-purpose Polavaram irrigation project on river Godavari by Andhra Pradesh.

A bench headed by Justice Mukundakam Sharma directed former Central Water Commission (CWC) member M Gopalakrishnan to inspect the project along with the present CWC members and submit a separate reports to it by July 19, which is the next date of hearing.

The Bench, however, refused to entertain the plea of the Orissa government’s senior counsel Raju Ramachandran to stop the work by saying that “it will be difficult for us to stay the construction at this stage”.

It further observed that the project can be demolished later if it was found to be built in violation of environmental norms.

The apex court also allowed technical experts from Orissa, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Chhattisgarh to be present at the site when the CWC team conducted the inspection.

Orissa had challenged the environment and forests ministry’s decision of July 28, 2010 which cleared the project.

The Orissa government urged the SC to quash the clearance on the ground that it would affect the lives of thousands of people of the state due to the massive embankment being constructed by Andhra.

Stating that stay was necessary, the Orissa government said that after implementation of the project, not only parts of the state would be submerged but would also lead to displacement of people from their homes.

It also called for the scrapping of the project saying that the estimates for designed floods had gone up by 38% since 1980 when it was conceived.

However, Andhra Pradesh had opposed the plea by saying that the project will provide drinking water to three million people, produce 960 mw of power and give 23,500 million cubic feet of water for industrial use.

Source: http://www.financialexpress.com/news/sc-rejects-orissa-plea-seeking-stay-on-polavaram-dam-construction/774875/0

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