Polavaram Row: SC slaps Rs 25000 fine on Centre

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court today slapped a penalty of Rs 25,000 on the Central Government for not responding to its earlier notice in connection with a writ petition filed by the Odisha Government challenging accord of national project status tag to Polavaram project.

The Apex Court sought a reply in two weeks and adds Andhra Pradesh and Telangana governments as parties to the hearing in this case.

It is to be noted that the petition, filed by a NGO, sought a direction to the governments to protect rights of the Scheduled Tribes and forest dwellers by granting fair compensation to the oustees, alleging violation of rights due to the construction of the Indira Sagar Polavaram Project on river Godavari in Andhra Pradesh. The plea also sought a scheme to ensure resettlement and rehabilitation of original inhabitants who are now displaced.

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