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