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Polavaram: SC takes exception to non-filing of affidavit by top officer

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today took exception to the not filing an in a matter relating to the Project in despite its order and directed him to do so in three days.

The direction came after the apex court was informed that a has filed an instead of the

"There is an order of this court. You have to comply with it," a bench comprising Justices and told the representing the Centre.

"This is not in compliance of our order. We direct the of the water resources department to file the within three days," the bench said.

The bench had on February 15 asked the and several states, including Odisha and Telangana, to file "specific affidavits" stating they were bound by the 1980 award of which had adjudicated the river water utilisation dispute among the basin states of Godavari and Krishna.

The court, which was hearing a matter related to Project on in Andhra Pradesh, was today informed that these states have filed their affidavits as per the direction.

During the hearing, the for Odisha said the controversy was with regard to the capacity and specifications of the dam as mentioned in the tribunal award.

He said the capacity of the project was scheduled to be 36 lakh cusec but the design was for 50 lakh cusecs which would lead to submergence of a large portion of area.

Odisha had earlier raised the issue of submergence of a number of villages in the state due to the construction of

The project is under construction in West and East Godavari Districts of and its reservoir spreads to parts of and Odisha.

According to the tribunal's verdict, the agreements arrived between the riparian states at the sub-basin level were vetted by the states of the entire Godavari basin and no state could back out of the total tribunal award.

Odisha had earlier told the apex court they were not pressing their plea seeking blanket injunction for from proceeding with construction of the Polavaram project, but it should be done in accordance with the 1980 tribunal award and other laws.

The petition has claimed that the project will submerge about 600 habitations in Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha and Telangana and also about 8,000 acres of forest and 500 acres of the wild life sanctuary.

The environment clearance of the project was cancelled by the in 2007 but the had stayed it as an interim measure.

The had given a direction to stop the construction work of the project on February 8, 2011, but had later kept its own order in abeyance.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, April 17 2018. 20:00 IST
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