As the mango trees were being felled for digging up a canal purportedly to provide irrigation water to farmers, unable to bear the torturous sight, the farmer collapsed.
As the project is still under construction, the NGT had ordered the halt. Had it been complete by now, the Tribunal would have just imposed a penalty and left it at that.
The tribunal rejected TS’ objection of maintainability on the question of limitation and stated that the objection was not sustainable.
The Bench, following the AP government's objections, noted that the Telangana government did not get the required permissions like environmental clearances.
The NGT asserted if that was not true, action would be initiated against AP Chief Secretary Aditya Nath Das, even if he retired.
The counsel for the state maintained that there was no secrecy and hiding of facts on RLIS project works and DPR preparation.
Furthermore, the joint committee, which was also tasked with giving its views on the allegations of illegal mining, said that it found no illegal mining activities as alleged.
All the petitioners are over 18 years of age and the sons and daughters of farmers whose lands and houses have been acquired for the construction of Veeranjaneya Balancing Reservoir under the PRLIS.
In a letter to the Board on Saturday, Telangana Engineer-in-Chief C Muralidhar said diversion of water to outside the Krishna r iver bas in was against the award of the Tribunal.
While reportedly nobody raised objections on the environmental impact aspect of the project, farmers expressed their apprehensions regarding compensation for land being acquired.