Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding illegal dumping of muck during the construction of Polavaram project, Andhra Pradesh, 27/09/2019

Order of the National Green Tribunal in the matter of Dr. Pentapati Pulla Rao Vs Union of India & Others dated 27/09/2019 regarding remedial action for protection of environment during the course of construction of the Indira Sagar Polavaram Multipurpose Project in Andhra Pradesh. Present proceedings were initiated on the allegation that illegal dumping of muck was taking place during construction and no remedial action was being taken. A report submitted by a four member joint Committee stressed on remedial action for maintaining environmental norms.

The Tribunal on February 19, 2019 directed the Polavaram Project Authority to take appropriate steps in the matter and the Committee was asked to submit a status report after re-verifiction.

The latest report filed by the State Pollution Control Board on behalf of the Committee indicates that though the excavation work has been stopped due to monsoon, the project proponent failed to submit action taken reports. No major plantation activity was undertaken as required and there was large scale loss due to submergence on account of coffer dam. The effect of flood was heavy and the applicant has produced photographs to confirm the statement.

The project proponent has been directed to take remedial action and furnish an action taken report within one month. The CEO of the Indira Sagar Polavaram Multipurpose Project has to remain present for assistance to the Tribunal on November 7, 2019.