Amaravati's development: Notices on NGT plea
The National Green Tribunal has served notices to Centre as well as Andhra Pradesh government reacting on the petition seeking stay over the land acquisition for proposed green field capital city called “Amaravati” raising environment and ecological issues. Bench headed by judicial member U D Savi admitted the matter, after questioning the petitioners about the gravity of the issues raised by them in the petition. The Tribunal issued notices to all the respondents putting the hearing on July 27.
Petitioners claimed that the selection of location for the construction of capital city for Andhra Pradesh was not assessed properly as the areas fall under flood prone areas and the soil composition as well as seismic zone is not good for high rise building. “We gave the example of recent Srinagar and Uttarakhand floods. We plea that there is a possibility of major environmental disasters and huge public money loss, if these areas would be developed without any environment impact assessment,” said Lawyer Sravan Kumar speaking to Metro India. The bench then said it would look into the matter once the respondents filed their replies on July 27.
NGT issued notices to all the respondents including, ministries of environment and forests, urban development and water resources, AP government and Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA). The petitioners approached Supreme Court but were directed to raise the matter at the appropriate forum for the relief of the protection of environment and Krishna River.