National Green Tribunal gives its final nod for Amaravati

AMARAVATI: In what could be termed as a major relief for the Chandrababu Naidu led TDP government, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has given its final nod of acceptance to the construction of Andhra’s capital ‘Amaravati’. The ruling comes after a series of petitions filed by retired journalists and social activists, alleged that the fertile lands along the river Krishna were being destroyed in the name of urbanization.
Social activist Pandalaneni Srimannarayana of Vijayawada was the first to reach out to the Supreme Court on this issue back in February 2015, but the apex court has redirected him to the NGT. A bunch of petitions including those from farmers was heard by the Tribunal until April 2017.
According to the ANI, though the judgment was in favor of the Andhra Pradesh state government the Tribunal has addressed a few important concerns of the petitioners by requiring the set up of two committees. An Implementation Committee will meet every month to check on the implementation of the regulations while a Supervisory committee will work towards bringing in more regulations if required.
Not only this, the NGT has also imposed some restrictions in order to protect the Krishna River. The government has been instructed to not alter the course of Krishna River and its microecology in the quest for urbanization. It has also made the construction of Sewage plants mandatory while restricting the government from touching the embankments of the river except in cases of strengthening the river banks to prevent floods.
Responding to the judgment, Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu thanked the National Green Tribunal. He said that the state government is taking every positive move to protect the green cover as much as possible.
With this, a major problem for the construction of Amaravati capital has ended. However, the petitioners who argue that the fertile lands of Krishna River cannot be compromised in the name of urbanization may reach out to the Supreme Court challenging the NGT’s decision.