Sunday, November 19, 2017
Social activist Pandalaneni Srimannarayana who pleaded the National Green Tribunal to halt the construction of the capital city at the chosen place in Guntur on environmental grounds said today that he would file a review petition and seek redress by the Supreme Court if the NGT brushed aside the concerns.
While denying the Public Interest Litigation filed by retired IAS officer E.A.S.Sarma and other had been dismissed, he said that the NGT had imposed 150 conditions over and above the 191 original ones, each one of which should be fulfilled by the State government. ‘The NGT refusal to intervene at this stage does not tantamount to giving the final go-ahead, he reiterated.
Speaking to media today, he said that the State Environment Impact Authority was basically incompetent to give clearance for projects spanning more than 120 sq.km whereas the capital city was planned in 217 sq.km. The NGT ruled that the Kondaveetivagu, which posed flood threat to the capital should not be touched in view of its ecological sensitivity but the government appeared to be going ahead with its plans to alter the course.
He said that the NGT had constituted two committees one is supervisory and implementation committee which would do a macro-study of the issues at stake and the government was accountable to these panels.