NGT issues notices to Telangana IT Minister on farm house

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on June 07, 2020

Minister says he doesn’t own the property

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) has issued notices to Telangana IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao on alleged violations in constructing a farm house at Janwada near Hyderabad.

Responding to a petition filed by Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Revanth Reddy, the tribunal issued the notices to the Minister.

Meanwhile, KT Rama Rao has denied any links with the said property. Terming the allegations false, he said it was a vilification campaign to malign him.

“The NGT case filed against me by a congressman is a deliberate personal vilification campaign based on utter false statements,” he said in a tweet, responding to the issuance of the NGT notices.

“It remains a fact that I don’t own the property as clarified by me earlier. I will seek appropriate legal remedies by exposing falsehood of allegations,” he said.

The Congress MP alleged that the farm house was illegally constructed in the bio-conservation zone within the catchment area of Osman Sagar Lake. He also alleged that the illegal act is likely to affect the water storage capacity in Osman Sagar and Himayat Sagar lakes as well.

Fact-finding panel

The green tribunal also called for setting up a fact-finding committee with top officials to ascertain the facts presented in the petition.

The complainant made the Telangana government, State Pollution Control Board, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation and Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board as respondents in the petition.

Published on June 07, 2020

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