NELLORE: Even as a case is pending before the National Green Tribunal challenging the construction of the new capital city, Amaravati, on the banks of river Krishna, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Saturday announced that his ministry would give the final environmental clearance for Amaravati’s construction within a month time.
Disclosing this at a function organised to dedicate the 1,600 MW Sri Damodaram Sanjeeviah Thermal Power Station (SDSTPS), located at Krishnapatnam, to the nation, Javadekar said all hurdles with regard to the environmental clearances for the construction of Amaravati had been sorted out and the final clearances would be awarded to the project within a month.
Stating that his ministry is giving clearances to all the major power projects coming up in the country, Javadekar said the NDA government had cleared 26 thermal projects with a total capacity of 20,611 mw and 6 hydel projects with a combined capacity of 6628 mw in the last 20 months. “My ministry has cleared 11 power projects in Nellore district alone,” he pointed out.
Environmental clearance has been provided to 800 MW Dr Narla Tata Rao Thermal Power Station (NTTPS) in the State, he said.