Green norms must be discussed

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Environment Impact Assessment notification should not be pushed through

  • The Environment Ministry’s announcement to extend the deadline for receiving public comments on the draft Environment Impact Assessment Notification 2020 by 45 days amid the nationwide lockdown is a “crumb that is being thrown”.
  • The EIA Notification 2020 is to replace and supersede the 2006 notification and as many critics claim will fundamentally change the environmental regulatory regime.
  • New construction projects up to 1,50,000 sq.m do not need detailed scrutiny by an expert committee or EIA. 
  • Earlier it was 20,000 sq.m. Basically nearly the entire sector with huge greenhouse gas emission is exempt.
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