Public consultation is an integral tool for planning and implementation of any development project – may it be related with development of an irrigation network, dam, road, river linking, power plant, natural resource planning or livelihood restoration etc. etc. Consultation process at various stages of project development covering issues i.e., awareness, needs, demands and absorbing capacity of the affected people etc. results in planning a sustainable and pro-people project. Understanding the local needs and demands by involving the local people in all stages of planning is always necessary in order to avoid any adverse impacts of the project and resulting community resistance during the implementation and in operational phase of the project.
Public consultation in the complete project life cycle becomes even more important in case of developing countries with transitional economies in order to address the problem of poverty reduction and achieve people friendly sustainable economic growth and social development. Consultations with various stakeholders enable the planner to understand the complex and diversified socio-cultural, economic and environmental context in which the project is being planned and thus accordingly design a sustainable project by incorporating stakeholders’ perceptions, apprehensions and feedback in the design. In case of few unavoidable adverse impacts like involuntary resettlement, public consultations help in designing optimum mitigation measures and compensatory plans.
Our professionals have been conducting public consultations for project planning across the sectors like roads & transport, power, gas, tourism, real estate, health, and various industries throughout India. This photo essay provides a glimpse on the diverse nature of consultation process with multiple stakeholders for the planning of a number of projects in which our professionals have contributed their invaluable expertise.