Is There a Case for an Environmental Regulator?

Is There a Case for an Environmental Regulator?

Economic & Political Weekly, 28 June 2014

One stated agenda of the new government is a commitment to addressing business concerns by smoothening the path to environmental clearances for projects and lowering transaction costs. The Supreme Court had earlier directed the central government to set up an environmental regulator at the state and at the centre. But do national and state regulators provide an effective alternative to the current institutional structure?