Indore : When efforts are being made from Indore to Bhopal and to New Delhi for rejuvenating Khan River and building a corridor on its banks, Madhya Pradesh government said that it’s completely unaware about the current status of muchtalked corridor project.

Replying on behalf of state government through an affidavit, chief secretary informed Central Bench of National Green Tribunal ( NGT) on Tuesday that it got to take information on current status of riverside corridor project from authorities concerned and sought four weeks time to reply to a petition filed by social activist Kishor Kodwani.

Kodwani had filed a petition before NGT stating that Khan and Saraswati rivers of the city are virtually turned into drains as the laws pertaining to establishment of sewerage treatment plants and prevention of untreated sewage from discharging into rivers are not implemented in the true spirit.

Moved by the petition, the NGT had directed the chief secretary to find out the status of project and subsequently file an affidavit.

In his affidavit, the CS said the project was approved by Union government under JNNURM, which was scrapped later in February 2014.

However, the Union government had held a meeting over the project with Indore MP and Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and four senior Union ministers but the state government does not have the minutes of that meeting so it is not in position to provide present status of the project.

H owever, the CS said that they would get status of the project and inform the NGT about it in four weeks time.

The petitioner alleged that the government is misleading people false claims.

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