National Green Tribunal (NGT) had become very popular in Andhra Pradesh these days and people are aware of what it does. The credit goes to social activist, Pandalaneni Srimannarayana, who filed cases against destruction of fertile agriculture lands in Amaravati in the name of building new capital.
Srimannarayana, who fought tough battle with the mighty state government headed by Chandrababu Naidu, breathed his last this morning in the government hospital in Vijayawada. A fighter at the age of 80s and above, never sit back when it came to the destruction of the agriculture lands. He had filed several cases in the National Green Tribunal and had made the ruling Telugu Desam Party, the AP Capital Region Development Authority and even the Chief Minister himself, to run restless in countering the cases.
He kept on moving in the capital villages, collecting data about the destruction of the agriculture lands and construction of the new capital. He kept on feeding the National Green Tribunal about the violations every time. The NGT was updated from time to time and the fight was continuing there.
He created awareness among the youth about destruction of the agriculture fields and causing danger to the environment. He tried to save these lands and the Krishna River through the NGT. The cases filed by him are still in progress at various stages.
However, his death left no takers to continue his mission against the destruction of the rich and fertile agriculture lands, which were taken by the State government for construction of the new capital.