"At present the authorities are only doing survey work which is essential for obtaining environmental clearance. Petitions against the project cannot be moved on the basis of assumption that the government will flout rules," additional solicitor general G Rajagopalan said.
The additional solicitor general made the submission before a division bench of Justice T S Sivagnanam and Justice Bhavani Subarayan on a batch of pleas seeking to stall the land acquisition process for the project without conducting social impact assessment.
Opposing the contentions, advocate-general Vijay Narayan submitted that the project was only at a preliminary stage. Recording the submissions, the bench posted the pleas to 3 August for further hearing.