Former IAS officer EAS Sarma files petition in NGT on Amaravati

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Hyderabad/New Delhi

Former IAS Officer and social activist E.A.S.Sarma today filed a petition urging the National Green Tribunal to cancel the environmental clearance (EC) given by Andhra Pradesh State Environmental Impact Assessment Authority for construction of new capital at Amaravati.

He said that the capital was being developed in an ecologically sensitive area comprising fertile multi-crop agricultural lands, unidentified wetlands, forests, islands, streams and the River Krishna. The decision to allow capital at Amaravati would go against the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal and not in conformity with the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Environment and forests.

He pointed out that by constructing skyline apartments in Thullur in Guntur area where the State Capital is proposed will cause damage to Krishna river bed and the permissions given is in against the guidelines issued by the National Green Tribunal.

Sarma has made the Union of India, Capital Regional Development Authority, State Forest department, AP Pollution Control Board as respondents.

It may be recalled that one Srimannarayana has earlier filed a petition in National Green Tribunal and had issued notices to Andhra Pradesh State Government, CRDA and Central Pollution departments.

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