SC`s contempt notice to Maharashtra on project row with AP
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Last Updated: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 22:33
  
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued contempt notice to Maharashtra government for allegedly violating its direction against constructing any crest gates at the Babhali project on River Godavari in Andhra Pradesh.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan, Justice P Sathasivam and Justice B S Chauhan sought a response from Maharashtra on the contempt petition filed by Andhra Pradesh accusing the neighbouring state of violating the directions passed by the apex court on April 26, 2007.

The apex court had permitted Maharashtra to go ahead with the Babhali project "at its own risk" and also restrained it from raising nine crest gates at the site until the inter-state dam dispute was resolved by it.

Andhra Pradesh government alleged Maharashtra has gone ahead with the construction of the gates and thus committed committed contempt of the apex court.

According to AP, if Babhali was allowed to be completed it would cause irreparable damage to the interest of the Telangana region as at least six districts would be affected in the region through severe water scarcity for both irrigation and domestic consumption.

The aggrieved state has contended that the project was being illegally constructed by Maharashtra by impounding more water from the river than alloted to it by the Godavari River Tribunal.

Bureau Report


First Published: Tuesday, July 21, 2009, 22:33


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