HC questions Centre on green nod for PRLI scheme

HC questions Centre on green nod for PRLI scheme
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The High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday issued notices to Union Environment Ministry and also to Telangana State Forest Department to explain their stand in the form of counter affidavits on the writ petition which complained that works under Palamur-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) were being carried out without requisite environmental clearances. 

Hyderabad: The High Court at Hyderabad on Thursday issued notices to Union Environment Ministry and also to Telangana State Forest Department to explain their stand in the form of counter affidavits on the writ petition which complained that works under Palamur-Ranga Reddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) were being carried out without requisite environmental clearances.

The division bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Shameem Akhter gave this direction while hearing a petition moved by farmers belonging to Yeluru village in Kollapur mandal of Nagarkurnool district.

Sashi Kiran, counsel for the petitioners, informed the bench that Navayuga Engineering company was carrying out works for underground pump house without obtaining any clearances and this was damaging the farmlands of the petitioners. He sought permission to implead the Union Environmental Ministry and State Forest Department and the bench consented and issued notices.

Senior counsel C V Mohan Reddy, appearing for Navayuga Engineering company, said the works being carried out by the company are not affecting the lands of the petitioners. The bench directed the company to ensure that the lands of the petitioners are not damaged in any manner and also said that any gravel or sand deposited in the petitioner’s lands must be removed by the company and adjourned the matter to post vacation in June.

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