The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change released its latest draft Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) notification 2020 recently. The notification is one of the most crucial legal procedures for environmental planning in India. The Ministry sought comments from the public on this draft within sixty days from the date of issuance of the notification.
Manju Menon (Senior Fellow, CPR) and Kanchi Kohli (Senior Researcher, CPR) wrote a letter, urging the Ministry to withdraw the notification and defer the process of public comments in the light of the Covid-2019 pandemic.
The full text of the letter can be accessed here.
Kanchi Kohli also commented on the draft EIA Notification 2020 in the media. Her quotes can be accessed in the following articles:
- ‘New environment impact norm cuts time for public hearing’ in The Hindu
- ‘Govt proposes changes in procedures to grant green clearances, gets mixed reactions from environmentalists’ in The Times of India
- ‘Environment ministry plans draft to regulate green norm violations’ in Hindustan Times
- ‘Draft EIA Notification 2020: ‘Compilation of Environmental Violations’, Say Activists’ in NewsClick.in
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