National Environment Appellate Authority has found ‘environmental clearance’ to Polavaram Dam given by Ministry of Environment & Forests unacceptable and improper. Environment clearance was granted in October 2005 to this controversial and disastrous dam in great haste under political pressure of YSR government. That clearance was a mockery, alleged by civil society and environment activists and adivasi groups, is proved by the NEAA declaring the ‘clearance’ unaccpetable  
Prof Sivaji Rao, environment expert, described it as a killer dam
Several NGOs and peoples organisations resisted the dam since mid eighties on ecological, economic and social grounds. 
YSR government started implementing the project with manifold cost escalations, hundred design deviations and thousand lies without a single clearance from any authority as part of the contractors’ raj and its pet scheme – Jala Yagnam in Andhra Pradesh
Jalayagnam plans to irrigate one crore acres at a cost of one lakh rupees per acre! and all that before the next elections!! just one  lakh crores to go down the drain in a record time!!!
this is yet another judgement against YSR government’s illegal projects
report on the issue from the wall street journal
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Two years on, project caught in green knots

National Environment Appellate Authority says nod for the Polavaram dam given without adequate hearing to people who may be hit
Padmaparna Ghosh

New Delhi: In a setback to the Andhra Pradesh government, the environmental go-ahead for a large multi-purpose dam has been set aside, two years after work had begun on the project.

The Polavaram dam, also known as the Indira Sagar project, is located in the northern part of the state and would straddle portions of the adjoining states of Chhattisgarh and Orissa.
In its order issued on Monday, the National Environment Appellate Authority, the statutory body that is empowered to hear appeals challenging environmental clearances, maintained that the clearance given by the Union environment ministry was done without giving an adequate hearing to all the people likely to be displaced, the largest in any similar project in the country. The order was passed by a bench comprising J.C Kala, I.V. Manivannan and Kaushlendra Prasad.
“Conceived in 1982, the project languished until it was taken up in earnest in 2002 by the Telugu Desam-led state government”

Under the Environment Protection Act, 1986, all major projects, in sectors such as hydroelectric, mega power and mining, have to get an environmental clearance, which is based on an environmental impact assessment. (మరింత…)