Andhra Pradesh

Polavaram: SC impleads Chhattisgarh, Telangana

The Supreme Court on Tuesday impleaded the States of Telangana and Chhattisgarh as parties in an original suit filed by the State of Odisha against Andhra Pradesh’s ambitious Polavaram irrigation project, which was declared a ‘national project’ by the Centre.

A Bench led by Justice Madan B. Lokur also took exception to the Union government not filing a counter and imposed a fine of ₹25,000. It directed the Centre to file its affidavit in the next two weeks.

Andhra Pradesh objected to the impleadment of Telangana, arguing that it had earlier conceded to the project.

The court however did not entertain the submissions for the present, observing that Andhra could raise its objections at the stage of arguments. In an earlier hearing, the court had impleaded the States of Maharashtra and Karnataka as defendants in the case after Odisha raised no objections.

The project is constructed in Andhra Pradesh to irrigate over three lakh hectares and generate 960MW power.

Lawyers contended the project would displace lives in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Odisha.

A separate writ petition had been submitted in the Supreme Court that centuries’ old tribal sects such as Konda Dora, Koya and Reddiraju communities would vanish due to the unscientific execution of the project in violation of Article 21 and Schedule V of the Constitution.


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