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Interlinking of rivers: SC asks Centre to put feasibility report

 

Indian Express, Mumbai, 9th August, 2005

Perturbed over non-implementation of orders on the ambitious Rs 5 lakh crore river inter-linking project, the Supreme Court today directed the Center to put on official website all the Feasibility reports which are ready and complete without referring it to any state governments or authority. The order to this was delivered by a bench comprising Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice G P Mathur after it was informed that Gujarat Government has not agreed to put the feasibility report on the website and response from other states on interlinking of the peninsular rivers was awaited.

 

We fail to understand where was the necessity for consulting the state government or ask any authority for its agreement for placing the feasibility report on the website when specific orders has been passed by the court. If the Center or any state has any difficulty in implementation of the direction of placing the feasibility report it was open to approach this court and seek direction, the bench said.

 

Advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for an intervenor in the matter alleged that till now the Centre has only put a feasibility report on Ken-Betwa link which was directed by the solicitor general G E Vahanvati, who said the feasibility report concerning Parbati- Kalisindh- Chambal link has been Posted on the website. Following the submission by Vahanvati, the bench said at present we are not inclined to take action in view of the submission made by the solicitor general that there is some confusion among some officers in respect of the order of putting the feasibility report on the website.