Now next hearing of Tehri Dam case will be on 19th February 2003. The Central Govt., Uttaranchal Govt., Tehri Hydro Development Corporation took two days to finish their arguments. But they also wanted to file some more paper in the court.Mainly, petitioner’s lawyers argued on non-implementation of Environmental conditions, even after 12 years of Environment Conditional Clearance; non-implementations of Hanumantha Rao committee (on Environment and Rehabilitation issues) and Expert Group on Seismicity’s recommendations. These committees were constituted after Shri Sunderlal Bahuguna’s 74 days hunger strike by the then Prime Minister Shri Devegouda.
In fact when hearing started only one junior lawyer was present in the court on behalf of govt. They were repeatedly asking more time to reply the petitioner’s arguments. Honorable Court was very much annoyed with the govt. and THDC. Because they were not aware what the petitioners presented in the court? Court took it as its insult that in ‘such a serious case govt. is behaving like this? Not giving required attention.’
In the last hearing Hon’ble court fixed this date as final hearing for Tehri Dam case.
Now the next hearing is on 19th February 2003.