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Supreme Court issued notices to Centre and Andhra Pradesh government over the environment clearance given to the controversial Polavaram project

New Delhi: 2/8/18:The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notices to Centre and Andhra Pradesh government over the environment clearance given to the controversial Polavaram project.

Admitting the petitions of the Odisha government challenging the environment clearance given to the project by the Ministry of Environment, Forests & Climate Change (MoEF & CC), the top court directed the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh government to respond within three weeks.

A divisional bench of Justices Madan B Lokur And Deepak Gupta conducted hearing on two separate petitions filed by the Odisha government. The state government presented its stands on two issues about the projects. The state government argued that why the environment clearance which was rejected in 2007 was given to the Andhra Pradesh government in 2011.

On the other hand, the Centre argued that the petition filed by the Odisha government is illegitimate. After hearing the arguments and counter-arguments, the apex court issued notices to the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had written to the Centre and racked up the issue as to why the Andhra Pradesh government was allowed to go ahead with the project without any consultation with the Odisha government, the SP was informed. The SC has also asked the Centre and the Andhra Pradesh to submit reports on the issues.

The SC has adjourned the hearing by four weeks

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