The Tribunal had restrained the authorities in Andhra Pradesh from proceeding further in establishing the cricket stadium at the foothills of Tirupati

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Southern Bench, on Tuesday, pulled up the Andhra Pradesh Pollution Control Board (APPCB) for stating that it had no role in establishing an international cricket stadium at the foothills of Tirupati.

Taking suo motu cognisance of a news report published in The Hindu on December 3, the Tribunal had restrained the authorities in Andhra Pradesh from proceeding further in establishing the stadium.

Stating that the proposed plan would likely disturb and affect the ecology and environment, the Tribunal directed the authorities to file their replies on December 10.

APPCB claims no role

When the matter came up on Tuesday before the Bench, comprising its judicial member, Justice M.Chockalingam, and expert member, Prof. R. Nagendran, Senior District Environment Engineer, Tirupati, on behalf of the APPCB, filed an affidavit stating that the Board had no role to play in the matter and had not issued any order.