SC to Hear Plea against Capital on Krishna

Published: 19th March 2015 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2015 06:00 AM   |  A+A-

VIJAYAWADA: A writ petition filed by Srimannarayana, a social activist, against the construction of Capital City in Tullur on the banks of River Krishna in the Supreme Court will come up for hearing on Friday.

Speaking to mediapersons here Wednesday, Srimannarayana said the petition will be taken up by a Bench headed by the Chief Justice. “Our contention is based on scientific and engineering aspects,” he said.

Elaborating further, he said while there were known experts in the Sivaramakrishnan Committee on the new capital city for Andhra Pradesh post-bifurcation, constituted by the UPA government, there was not a single technocrat in the new committee headed by Narayana. “The government had not only rejected the suggestions of the Sivaramakrishnan Committee, which recommended against the construction of the capital on the banks of Krishna stating it was a seismic zone,” he said.

He further argued that as per several experts they have consulted, the black cotton soil on the river bank renders any construction unstable and no massive constructions are possible on such lands. Srimannarayana wondered as to how the government proposed to construct the capital, when the Centre was yet to give special category status and financial aid. “Why no single expert of different scientific organisations in the country was consulted for capital construction,” he demanded to know.

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