Mahabubnagar, January 5
In a relief to the Telangana government, a divisional bench of the Hyderabad High Court on Tuesday set aside the order of the National Green Tribunal, Chennai directing the state not to proceed with any activity with the first-phase work on the Palamuru – Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme (PRLIS) until January 17 this year.
The forest department assured that there would be no threat to Amrabad Tiger reserve in Nagarkurnool with PRLIS. The project is 12 km away from the Tiger Reserve, three km away from buffer zone and two km away from eco-sensitive zone.
The tribunal granted the interim stay on a petition by a person, challenging the action of the Telangana government in going ahead with the first phase of the project between Anjanagiri and Narlapur villages in Mahbubnagar district. The petitioner quoted that the project was permitted to move ahead for some distance in the reserve forest route which would affect the environment.
The Amrabad Tiger Reserve Forest was spread in 2,600 square km area between Nagarkurnool and Nalgonda districts. The most sensitive tiger core area is spread over 2,200 square km. The area where animals search for food is called as buffer area, which is spread over 400 km.
Environment sensitive area extended for two km from Tiger Reserve. There should be no humans in core area and buffer zone. No mining and project construction works that might post threat to environment should be taken in eco-sensitive zone.
But it was alleged that Palamuru – Rangareddy Lift Irrigation Scheme works are going on irrespective of core, buffer, eco-sensitive zones. Forest officials said that tunnel works of Anjanagiri reservoir under package one and Anjanagiri-Veeranjaneya reservoir under package two are going on four km away from the tiger reserve.
Nagarkurnool District Collector had submitted ROFR, NOC and other documents related to the works taken up at reserve forest area to the government.