New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday adjourned the Polavaram irrigation project case to 8 weeks for further hearing.
After submission of expert technical committee report of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh governments, the apex court directed the government to circulate it among all respective states—Odisha, Chattishgarah and Andhra Pradesh within four weeks and submit their objections and suggestions to the court.
Later the apex court adjourned the case to 8 weeks for next hearing.
The apex court had directed the state governments of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh to jointly form an expert technical committee and submit a report to the apex court.
Former Central Water Commission chairman Z Hasan, B M Ahuja and former member of CWC M D Gopalkrishnan have been named as the experts to represent the AP govt while the Odisha government nominated three experts namely– Anil D Mohli, former chairman of the Central Water Commission, Prof (retd.) Permumal of IIT Roorkee and Prof (retd) A K Gosain of IIT Delhi.
According to reports, the expert technical committee members visited the project site to interact with the affected people and ascertain whether the project is being executed as per the guidelines of the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal.
In the meantime, Chhattisgarh government has broken its silence over the issue for the first time since the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh government engaged in legal tangle. Vikram Usendi, Chhattisgarh Minister for Environment and Forests, who is currently on a visit to Odisha expressed apprehensions that large area of his state would be inundated due to the multi-purpose Polavaram project on river Godavari.
It may be noted that the Odisha government had approached the Supreme Court of India on September 4 last year, challenging the Centre’s decision to give final environmental clearance for the project.(INN)