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.
The Centre filed the review petition after the court passed an order on a plea seeking modification in the court's earlier order to extend the time for public comments on the draft EIA 2020.
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.
The undertaking made by the government to plant 10 saplings for every tree cut down by them is also not being implemented, they added.
The petitioner Ramkumar Adityan, an advocate, submitted that the Delhi HC recently directed the Centre to extend the notice period to the public in the draft EIA notification 2020 until September 30
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.
In Morigaon town, the All Assam Students' Union (AASU) and a few tribal student groups joined AJYCP and formed a long human chain.
Chhattisgarh opposes draft EIA notification as it 'ignores sensitivity required for conservation of environment'
Bhupesh Baghel in his communication to Prakash Javadekar, stated that the draft completely ignored the sensitivity required for the conservation of the environment.
Interestingly, the committee was formed three days after public consultation ended on August 11.
The Centre has informed the Madras High Court that the Tamil translation of the draft Environmental Impact Assessment notification was ready and would be published soon.
“The 65 km-long PRR has been proposed without a due process. This project costs more than Rs 15,000 crore. Altogether 33,000 trees will be felled.
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