Draft EIA notification doesn't give exemptions from public consultations to industries: Babul Supriyo
Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said the draft does not weaken the process of environmental clearances.
The draft EIA notification, which involves the procedure of issuing environmental clearances to various projects, was issued by the ministry in March this year and public suggestions were invited.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan on Friday issued notice to the environmentalist, on whose plea the high court had issued the direction.
A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan issued notice to the Environment Ministry on the application which seeks modification to the court's June 30 judgement.
He accused Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar of seeing his job as being an accelerator for project clearances and not as a guardian/protector of India's natural resources.
Interestingly, the committee was formed three days after public consultation ended on August 11.
The matter came up before the environment ministry’s expert appraisal committee at its meeting on July 29-30 while considering the construction of the Ahmedabad-Dholera Expressway.
The Meenavar Nala Sangam had sought directions to the government to translate the draft EIA 2020 notification in the regional language and provide sufficient time to make objections
A 3-judge bench suggested that the Center should amend the Official languages rules which say official publication is only in English and Hindi.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar has said the EIA 2020 is only a draft and not a final notification and the ministry has received thousands of suggestions from the public.
The draft EIA 2020, according to the plea, provides for post facto approval of projects and does away with public consultation in some cases.
The draft EIA notification has many controversial clauses, including no public hearing for inland water projects.
The draft EIA notification, which involves procedure of issuing environmental clearances to various projects, was issued by the Environment Ministry in March.
The court refused a stay since the Karnataka High Court has already ordered a stay in the matter and granted liberty to a litigant to approach it if that stay gets vacated
Javadekar said that Ramesh publicising his objections and letters was "premature" as the public consultations on the draft EIA were underway.