The Polavaram multipurpose project has been under consideration since 1943. It was conceived as a storage scheme for the Godavari. The dam will come up at Polavaram, in between three districts of Andhra Pradesh, namely East Godavari, West Godavari and Khammam. In 1982, the Central Water Commission gave hydrological clearance to the project after the Godavari Water Disputes Tribunal recognized the need to go ahead with the project. In August 2005, the Andhra Pradesh High Court issued a stay order on all work related to the Polavaram project, on grounds that the government had not obtained the necessary clearances from the Ministry of Environment and Forests. The project was revived in October 2005, after the environment clearance was received.