NGT clears TN's Mettur Lift Irrigation Project

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The National Green Tribunal's (NGT) Southern Bench has given clearance to Tamil Nadu's Rs 565 crore Mettur Sarabanga Lift Irrigation project, launched by Chief Minister K. Palaniswami just before the Assembly election notification was issued.

The ream found that on the basis of the EIA notification of 2006 and subsequent amendments, it is not necessary to have prior EC clearance for river valley projects or hydroelectric projects within 2,000 hectares.

The Mettur Irrigation Lift project is aimed at irrigating 4,200 acres of land in Edappadi, Omalur, Sankagiri and Mettur taluks, diverting surplus water from Mettur reservoir through 100 tanks, lakes and ponds.