KURNOOL: The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) has deferred granting of environmental clearances to Rayalaseema Lift Scheme (RLS), which has become a bone of contention between Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. It ministry sought a detailed impact assessment on six points. It also directed the AP government to address the objections raised by the National Green Tribunal (NGT).
The ministry further directed AP to furnish clear drawings, layouts and charts besides details of land acquisition and ayacut proposed to be serviced.
Contending that there was no clarity in the application submitted by AP government, the MoEF asked the state how much water the state proposes to utilise for the scheme. It also found fault with state government request for amendments in the permission granted to the Telugu Ganga project.