NGT asked Odisha to prepare a comprehensive list of Chhattisgarh projects

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked Government of Odisha to prepare a comprehensive list of all the projects approved by its Chhattisgarh counterpart in the last five years.

The Tribunal’s Eastern Zone Bench at Kolkata has also asked the State Government to submit a list of proposals pending Environment Clearances on Mahanadi river basin which are likely to affect the downstream ecology of the river in Odisha.

The direction came as the Chhattisgarh Government remained unrepresented before the Tribunal on Thursday although it is the principal respondent in the case which was filed by Sudarshan Das.

The petitioner had stated that a large number of projects were sanctioned by Chhattisgarh Government involving use of water of Mahanadi and its tributaries in the neighboring State.

The Odisha Government informed the Tribunal that it has already approached the Supreme Court on water sharing dispute against Chhattisgarh and the present case before Tribunal is different in its merit than the case pending before the apex court.