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HC pulls up state over dam delay

Ranchi, Feb. 28: Jharkhand High Court today pulled up the government for the inordinate delay in construction of the Kanhar Dam in Garhwa.

While hearing a PIL on the dam, the division bench of Chief Justice Bhagwati Prasad and Justice D.N. Patel said the state administration had become incompetent and failed to perform its duties.

The court also condemned the government for the detailed project report submitted for construction of the dam. The bench said the report was eyewash and had been hurriedly filed to appease the court. The bench also pulled up government advocates for coming unprepared with their files.

The case will again be taken up on March 10.

The Central Water Commission filed an affidavit before the court stating the report prepared by the state government was incomplete. The commission said construction of the dam would require no objection certificates from Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh, which come within the catchment area of the dam.

The government will also have to seek no-objection from the coal ministry as substantial area of the South Eastern Colliery will be submerged if the dam is constructed. The state had also not obtained clearance certificates from the environment department.

Without these aspects been taken care of, the report prepared by the government has no value, the commission informed the court. The court was also informed that the government had already spent Rs 19 crores on the project.

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