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.