On Monday, the NGT chairperson justice Justice Swatanter Kumar headed bench has transferred the case to its southern zonal bench located in Chennai for further hearing. An order from New Delhi NGT will be passed on the issue on February 07. The NGT has said criticizing the petitioner that, “it is not necessary to consider the environmental damage to implement a drinking water project to drought hit areas of the state.”
NGT has also stated that the petitioner can approach the supreme court in the matter as NGT has no role in the issue. “The union government has already given its clearance to the project with some regulations,” informed an advocate representing Karnataka irrigation department to NGT.