In a setback to the Karnataka government, a central green panel has deferred environment clearance to a state's proposal to raise Almatti dam height over the Krishna river in north Karnataka.
With neighbouring states raising concerns over the move, the panel has asked the Karnataka government to get the clearance from the Central Water Commission (CWC) for hydrology and inter-state aspects.
Last month, an Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for River Valley and Hydroelectric Projects under the Environment Ministry examined the Karnataka government's proposal.
"The EAC noted that the proposal has not been appraised by the CWC for hydrology and inter-state issues. Vetting by CWC for these two aspects is essential. In view of this, the committee deferred the proposal," a senior Environment Ministry official told
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