Andhra Pradesh chief minister K Rosaiah has refused to hold public consultations in Orissa and Chhattisgarh — a mandatory environment condition to start the Polavaram dam project — saying the respective state governments should do it.
Orissa and Chhattisgarh have already refused to conduct the hearings, saying it is the job of project proponent — Andhra Pradesh government — and not theirs.
Indira Sagar Polavaram Dam (ISPP), if built, will be the biggest dam project in south India and will displace over two lakh people due to submergence of land.
“You will appreciate that in our federal set-up, specific functions such as holding of public hearings had to be performed by respective states. Andhra cannot hold public hearings either in Orissa or Chhattisgarh,” Rosaiah said in a confidential letter to environment minister Jairam Ramesh.
The ministry had issued a notice to the state government seeking explanation for not conducting the public hearings as mandated in the environment clearance.