NGT stays Pothireddipadu extension
It seems that its very common and natural for the YSRCP government to face the legal hurdles to implement any scheme or development program in Andhrapradesh. The judicial mechanism has been obstructing several schemes like to introduce English mediam in government schools and to allot house sites to the weaker sections at Amaravathi. Now in a fresh instance, the National Green tribunal(NGT) has stayed the proposed expansion of Pothireddypadu head regulator and Rayalaseema lift irrigation scheme on Krishna river on the foreshore of Srisailam reservoir. The scheme is estimated to undertake with Rs.6,800 crores.
A farmer namely Srinivas from Narayanpet has lodged a petition against the extension scheme in-front of NGT and later a bench headed by Justice Ramakrishnan conducted a hearing on the proposed projects and issued stay orders. At the same time, the NGT appointed a committee comprising senior officials from four departments to undertake a study cum assessment on environmental impact because of Pothireddypadu head regulator expansion and Rayalaseema lift scheme. As per the NGT directions, the committee would be comprised of Environment Ministry and Pollution Control Board, senior faculty from Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad and senior member of the Krishna River Management Board. The NGT directed the committee to submit its report two months. Till then, it ordered the government not to take up any works on the proposed projects and schemes.