NGT issues notice Centre on river linking project

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The National Green Tribunal has issued a notice to the Centre on clearances granted to the Rs 1,800-crore Ken-Betwa river linking project on Monday.

It was reported that a bench was headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, where a notice was issued against  Ministry of Environment and Forests, Water Resources Ministry and the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

Following this centre seeks the replies within two weeks.

The bench comprising Justice Jawad Rahim said in a statement, “Issue notice to the respondents…all the action taken by any of the respondents meanwhile shall be subject to the final order that may be passed by the tribunal upon hearing the matter finally. None of the parties would be permitted to claim any equity for the work done during the pendency of this application”.

The project was expected to provide drinking water to over one million people and irrigate six lakh hectares of land in some drought-prone regions in the states.

NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said in a statement,“The project’s completion will be subject to a final order of the tribunal”.

Reports says, Rs 18,000 crore project was determined to link the the Ken river in Madhya Pradesh, the Betwa river in Uttar Pradesh.

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