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Kerala to file petition on river-linking if needed

Kerala government on Tuesday said if necessary the state would file a review petition in the Supreme Court against its order on river linking project.



Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala government on Tuesday
said if necessary the state would file a review petition in
the Supreme Court against its order on river linking project.

Though the legal advice to the government on the matter was
that the Supreme Court order was "not applicable" to Kerala,
the government would consult with legal experts again and file
a review petition, if necessary, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy
said.

Chandy also made it clear that the state had opposed the
project from the initial stage as it was detrimental to the
interests of Kerala.

CPI-M led LDF Opposition had also opposed the Supreme Court
directive to the Centre to implement the river-linking project
holding that such a scheme was harmfull to the state.

Replying to a submission moved by K Sivadasan Nair (Cong)
on the issue in the assembly, Chandy said the Supreme Court
verdict was relevant only to those states that had agreed for
river-linking scheme.

"We had opposed the idea of river linking from the beginning
itself and so the court order will not have any bearing on
the state", Chandy said.

The LDF had also opposed the project stating that if the
proposal was carried out, it would seriously affect
agriculture in Kuttanad area and sound the death-knell for
Vembanad lake.

The LDF further wanted the government to explore the
possibility of filing a review petition before the Supreme
Court on the matter and requested Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh to intervene on the issue.

Studies by national and international experts on
river-linking in Kerala had clearly stated that it would
amount to "killing" the state.

PTI

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