Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: The National Green Tribunal (NGT) today issued an order to the Ministry of Forest and Environment (MoEF) to submit a complete status report on the controversial Polavaram project.

The tribunal directed the authorities of the ministry to appear before it in person. Sources said the next hearing for the case is scheduled for September 5.

Earlier this month, the NGT had ordered a joint inspection of the Polavaram dam construction site by the Andhra Pradesh Government, State Pollution control Board and Polavaram Project Authority following a complaint about dumping of mud in the West Godavari district.

Notably, both Odisha and Chhattisgarh are objecting to the project. But that has not stopped the Andhra Pradesh government from going ahead with work on the project, which has been accorded the status of a national project.