NGT seeks Centre’s response on Ken-Betwa river linking project

The National Green Tribunal has sought response from the Centre and others on a plea challenging the environment clearance granted to the NDA government’s ambitious Ken-Betwa river linking project.

A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar issued notices to the Ministry of the Environment and Forests, Ministry of Water Resources, the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, the states where the project would be located, while seeking their replies in two w .. “Issue notice to the respondents…all the action taken by any of the respondents meanwhile shall be subject to 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 bench, also comprising Justice Jawad Rahim, said.

The NGT was hearing a plea filed by environment expert Himanshu Thakkar seeking stay on the project on the ground that it lacks environment impact assessment and public consultation in affected districts.

As carried in ET

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